Sydney Environment Institute

EVENTS

Governing Adaptation - Research Workshop

Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts

Friday 13 March 2015

Holme Building, Science Road, University of Sydney

Climate Change Adaptation and Disasters in the Asia Pacific Region: Focus on The Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts

in partnership with Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law

9am – 10.45 am Session I

• Introduction to the IPCC reports on extreme weather events and disasters – Dr Sarah Perkins, Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW

• Introduction to the costs of these disasters globally, in the Asia Pacific Region and in Australia and the role of insurance as a risk transfer mechanism – David Grabau, Global Resilience Program Manager, IAG and Bernhard Obesteiner, Munich Re

• Introduction to the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts – M. Hafijul Islam Khan, Executive Director, Centre for Climate Justice-Bangladesh (CCJ-B)

11.15 am – 12.30 pm Session 2 (prevention and emergency response)

• How adaptation and disaster risk reduction can help to mitigate, but not avoid entirely, the scale of climate disasters – Professor Rosemary Lyster, Sydney Law School

• Coastal adaptation e.g. land-use planning, building codes and ecosystem adaptation – Professor Bruce Thom, University of Sydney

1.30 – 3pm Session 3 (Recovery, Reconstruction and Compensation)

• Post-disaster Management Phase – Rehabilitation, Recovery and Reconstruction: the ASEAN Context – Professor Koh Kheng Lian, APCEL, NUS

• A micro Appraisal on Institutional Approaches to address Loss and Damage beyond Adaptation to Climate Change – M. Hafijul Islam Khan, Executive Director, Centre for Climate Justice-Bangladesh (CCJ-B)

• “Whose ‘Loss and Damage’? In Defence of the Agency of Beneficiary States”, Benoit Meyer – APCEL, NUS

3.30-5pm Session 4 (next steps for research and identifying research funding and partners)

The workshop is supported by the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) Specialist Group on Climate Change Adaptation, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

This event is by invitation only. For more details please contact: johanne.brady@sydney.edu.au

Image: United Nations Photo via Flickr Commons