Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation – Why Governance Matters

Donovan Burton1

Climate Planning1


The talk will draw on information from the latest COP23 talks in Bonn, the emergence of finance disclosure requirements and the benefits of exploring adaptation governance at the local level.


Donovan is a climate change adaptation specialist and founder of Climate Planning. Donovan has reviewed the adaptation governance of over 200 Australian Councils, including all Tasmanian municipalities. He has undertaken adaptation projects with insurers, all levels of government, UN agencies and international agencies and has also worked with a range of private sector groups. Donovan currently exploring mobilisation of climate change finance for integrated wave energy and coastal resilience. He is also exploring the application of blockchain technology for adaptation decision-making.

About the Association

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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