Climate change is a pressing issue for local government that is already manifesting as a legal, social, economic and environmental risk. Local governments make decisions that span multiple decades and as such need to be actively assessing and responding to the direct and indirect risks that climate change presents. However, since climate change presents a plethora of direct and indirect challenges that are likely to change over time, it will be impossible to effectively manage the issue in an ad hoc and reactive manner.
Focusing on climate change adaptation corporate management provides a platform for a consistent approach in a formalised and whole-of-organisation fashion.
Donovan Burton heads the Climate Planning team and is a leading climate change adaptation planner. 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. Donovan recently founded the Informed.City platform for climate change adaptation governance assessments. In the past 12 months the platform has been used to understand the adaptation governance of 230 organisations across numerous jurisdictions.
Over the past decade Donovan has helped numerous organisations identify risks and opportunities associated with climate change. His sector experience in this space includes insurance, property development, infrastructure (including roads, rail, ports, tunnels), information communication technology, United Nations, national governments, state governments, local governments, NGOs and research organisations.