National Security and the Impacts of Climate Change

Date:

2020 (tbc)

“…Australia will struggle to maintain its national security in the face of climate change unless government departments and agencies are well coordinated and can work collaboratively with neighbouring countries in the Indo-Pacific region. Effective coordination and collaboration will be needed to respond to the kind of threats climate change poses to Australia’s sovereign borders and territories, and to our existing national security provisions.” (‘Defence-funded study outlines climate risk to national security’, ADM, 23 April 2020)

Climate change has been linked to extreme weather events, movement of climate refugees, increases in transmission of infectious diseases, and food and water insecurity. These destabilising events could have major impacts on Australia’s national security, and coordination and collaboration between researchers, government agencies and industry will be required to meaningfully address these impacts.

Flinders University’s Climate and Sustainability Policy Research Group (CASPR) will provide an overview on their findings from a recent report, particularly highlighting issues of collaboration, cooperation, integration and communication; and facilitate a discussion with attendees.

Questions covered will include:

  • What might be the key characteristics of an effective Whole-of-Government approach to climate adaptation and security?
  • What additional resources, or reorientation of resources would be needed for an effective nationally coordinated climate adaptation and security strategy?
  • Which international partners should Australian Government seek to cooperate with to enhance climate resilience for national security?

The aim of this event is to enable creative collisions of researchers and practitioners from different disciplines, with the hope of fostering a community of interest that can continue building on the ideas discussed on the night.

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