Let’s get mainstream. Donovan Burton discloses why it is so critical for local governments to focus on mainstreaming climate change adaptation governance. In Australia climate change adaptation is talked about, but not always acted on; to better prepare for the future it needs to be integrated into core decision making processes and frameworks at local, state and federal government level. Using some examples of good practice from his past experiences, Donovan makes recommendations on how adaptation measures can be better integrated into local Councils and government bodies.
Donovan is a climate change adaptation specialist with a diverse portfolio of experience, having completed more than 150 climate change risk and adaptation projects. He is focused on influencing change adaptation governance through disruptive technology, big data and the internet of things. Much of Don’s current focus and research is on the connection between climate change, future technologies and big data analytics to better understand the barriers and enablers to change. His work utilises applied and empirical research to support climate change policy and informed decision-making.
Over the past decade Donovan has helped numerous organisations identify risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Don’s sector experience in this space includes insurance, property development, infrastructure (including roads, rail, ports, tunnels), information communication technology, working with the United Nations, national governments, state governments, local governments, NGOs and research organisations.