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Adapting Wales to new climates

12 September 2007

A striking image showing how rising water levels could ultimately flood Cardiff Bay illustrates a Cardiff University conference on the future impact of climate change in Wales.

Climate change scenarios from the impact of the movement of population to adapting vulnerable coastal communities will be considered at the Wales Futures Network conference ‘Challenging Futures: Adapting Wales to New Climates’ (September 20) organised by The Observatory of Innovation at Cardiff Business School.

Futures tools’ have been used by many organisations to deal with important challenges and trends in a strategic way and the conference will apply this business tool to addressing climate change.

Martin Rhisiart, Deputy Director of The Observatory of Innovation, Cardiff Business School said: "Policy makers, business leaders and academics attending the conference will explore the specific implications of climate change adaptation for Wales covering in particular: population movements, vulnerable coastal communities, housing & the built environment and transport policy."

Keynote speakers at the conference include Dr Alan Netherwood from the Environment Agency Wales who will discuss the Agency’s major areas of concern from flood risk management to water resource management and land management. Chief Economic Advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government Jonathan Price will look at climate change, adaptation and economics in Wales.

This Wales Futures Network conference is held in partnership with the Environment Agency Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government, Cynnal Cymru, Sustainable Development Commission Wales, the UK Climate Impacts Programme and legal climate change adaptation experts Eversheds.


CARBS5 futures climate change

Notes to Editors:

1.The attached photomontage (credit: Ian Campodonic, Fernleigh Design) can be requested in higher resolution. A few places are still available for the conference visit: to register or E-mail Members of the media are welcome to attend and interviews can be arranged please advise Gethin While 029 20876845 in advance.

2. Cardiff Business School

Cardiff Business School is one of the most successful business schools in the country - regularly placed in the top 10 of the 100 business schools in Britain. Extensive links with public and private companies, government agencies and universities throughout the world have helped earn it an international reputation. The School’s research encompasses a wide span of specialist areas, including economics, banking, human resource management, finance and accounting, marketing and strategy, operations management and quantitative methods. .

3. The Observatory of Innovation is an action-oriented research unit based within Cardiff Business School. The Observatory has a broad research agenda, which covers futures/Foresight, Innovation and Sustainability. It uses a number of methodological frameworks. The Observatory focuses on applying knowledge in different policy environments and strives to engage fully with practitioner communities - government, NGOs and business groups. The Observatory believes strongly in collaboration, and has developed many important strategic relationships with organisations across Europe over the last 10 years.

4. The Wales Futures Network

The Observatory of Innovation has established the Wales Futures Network as a mechanism to share knowledge and understanding of innovative Futures planning tools. The Network is supported by the EU INTERREG IIIC project, Futures for Regional Development - or FUTURREG - ( which is designed to build futures capacity within 7 partner regions. Further Wales Futures Network conferences in the Challenging Futures series are planned for 15 November 2007 (the future roles of the Welsh language in the economy and culture of Wales) and March 2008 (Care and Health sector) and June 2008 (Advanced Technologies).

5. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research with its proud heritage of service and achievement. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. From its outstanding central location amidst the parks, Portland-stone buildings and tree-lined avenues that form the city’s elegant civic centre, the University’s students and staff are drawn from throughout the world, attracted by its international reputation and commitment to innovation and excellence in all areas of activity. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities. Having gained national and international standing, Cardiff University’s vision is to be a world-class university and to achieve the associated benefits for its students, staff and all other stakeholders.

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Further Information:

Gethin While, The Observatory of Innovation
Cardiff Business School
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 20876845

Martin Rhisiart, Deputy Director of The Observatory of Innovation,
Cardiff Business School
Tel: 029 20875096

Emma Darling,
Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University. Tel: 029 2087 4499