Adaptation in Australia – can we remain hopeful?

Adaptation in Australia – can we remain hopeful?

Since returning from the biennial International Adaptation Futures conference, hosted in Fortaleza, Brazil in mid-May of this year, I have been reflecting on the state of play of climate change adaptation internationally.

Amongst the Australian delegates at the conference, we lamented our nation’s state of play, with the Australian Government budget, released during the conference, contrasting with the release of the US National Climate Assessment and the recent EU Climate Change policy mandating national adaptation plans. While there is much progressive action going on at an international scale, the ‘tennis match’ politicisation of climate change action, with nations moving forward (and backward) in conjunction with the associated funding, is ever apparent.  This led us to ponder where our national efforts sit in the adaptation cycle, and if we are, in fact, taking many steps backwards.

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