SP 9.3 Towards more informed climate adaptation: considerations of ethics in stakeholder participation and decision-making

Tuesday 10 May, 15.45 – 17.30, Penn Room II

Given trajectories of significant and irreversible impacts of climate changes, there is increasing focus on decision-makers and their navigation of risk and uncertainty in adapting to these impacts. Instead, we focus on the role of researchers and the ethical challenges that exist at the interface of adaptation research and decision-making which if not addressed have the potential to increase risk exposure of decision-makers. This session will outline the issues via two case-studies, then intensive structured discussions will aim to identify opportunities to improve participatory research approaches and develop a draft set of principles for ethical climate adaptation akin to those already developed for climate services.

Organised by Justine Lacey, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Mark Howden, Australian National University, Australia
Bruce Hewitson, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Partners University of Tasmania, Australia
James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
University of Arizona, USA
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Chair Mark Howden, Australian National University, Australia
Rapporteurs Lilly Lim-Camacho, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Chris Cvitanovic, University of Tasmania, Australia
Presentations

Case Study 1: Ethical challenges from the climate services domain (based on Climate Services Partnerships Ethics Working Group White Paper)
Bruce Hewitson, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Case Study 2: Ethical challenges from international agricultural adaptation (based on the GEC paper, Informed adaptation: Ethical considerations for adaptation researchers and decision-makers)
Justine Lacey, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

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