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WEBINAR: Adaptation Pathways - From Concept to Practice

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A webinar that looks at mainstreaming climate change into decision-making to achieve ‘climate compatible development’ and the challenges this faces.

WHEN:  Friday 14th October @ 09h00 GMT

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For more information, please contact: Laura Louw


Mainstreaming climate change into decision-making to achieve ‘climate compatible development’ is a pressing challenge. This process is complicated by the uncertainties in climate change projections and impacts and the necessity for cooperation between public and private actors across multiple sectors. In addition, other drivers such as population growth, increasing economic volatility and modernisation interact with climate change to generate non-linear and unexpected outcomes and shocks, requiring novel thinking about development planning.

By focussing on how decision-makers can account for future uncertainty, the recent construct of adaptation pathways provides a potentially useful approach. Its core principles are the recognition of multiple stakeholders and their competing values, goals and knowledge, the need to identify and implement both incremental and transformative strategies, and the sequencing of decisions over time to avoid foreclosure of options and to minimise risks of mal-adaptation.

09h00 Introduction to ASSAR and the webinar
09h15 What are ‘adaptation pathways’? Russel Wise, CSIRO
09h35 Questions & answers
10h00 Putting pathways into practice - James Butler, CSIRO
10h20 Development pathways that define adaptation futures – Sumetee Pahwa, Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS), ASSAR
10h30 Questions & answers
10h50 Lessons learned and concluding remarks


The webinar is part of the Global Climate Change Week, held from 10 ‒ 16 October 2016.

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) is Australia’s national science agency. It covers multiple areas of inquiry, from energy to agriculture to health and biosecurity. In CSIRO Land and Water, we focus on sustainable development and management of natural resources. The Climate Risk and Resilience Group in CSIRO Land and Water carries out integrative science to support stakeholders’ decisionmaking about future development pathways. Our work is carried out primarily in Australia, the Pacific and Southeast Asia. For more information, visit


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