03 June, 2016 by Staff Reporter
On Friday 8 April, 2016, The Antarctic Report hosted a conference in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, called Sea Level Rise: Implementing Adaptation Strategies. The conference brought together international experts, as well as New Zealand’s leading policy makers, scientists and key industry representatives, to showcase effective adaptation strategies to manage the impact of sea level rise in New Zealand.
In the sixth presentation of the series, Blair Dickie, Principal Advisor for Science and Strategy at Waikato Regional Council, and a member of the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) Sector Futures Working Party, describes the preponderance of challenges emerging as local government develops a response to climate change and sea level rise. This includes the role of local government in adaptation and mitigation of climate change, the vulnerability of New Zealand’s economic sectors, and policy responses and the design of operational responses, with a focus on coastal communities, biodiversity and natural ecosystems.
Blair Dickie is Principal Advisor for Science and Strategy at Waikato Regional Council. He is a member of Society of Local Government Managers – Sector Futures Working Party and in 2011 participated in a US State Department funded joint climate change exchange between SOLGM and ICMA. He is a member of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association and a past president of the association.