Donovan Burton has extensive experience in sharing insights on adaptation. From keynote presentations through to intensive training, Donovan has presented to thousands of people in Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, USA, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, New Zealand and throughout Australia.
Donovan has applied experience with insurers, developers, corporations, UN agencies, research organisations and all levels of government. This experience, combined with his meaningful storytelling has seen a recent surge in demand for speaking engagements around the world.
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Preparing for Increased Extreme Events
The Bangkok floods, Hurricane Sandy and other events have served as a powerful reminder about the cascading impacts of extreme weather. This extreme event exemplified emerging issues associated with climate change, including insurance availability; climate legal risk; supply chain disruption; land use planning changes; planned retreat; investment due diligence and catastrophe bonds to name a few.
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Pacific Region Portfolio
The Pacific Region is often seen as the forefront of climate change impacts and many of the key issues are also exacerbated by rapid urbanisation. However, people in the Pacific also have some of the best community-based and cross-border responses.
Climate Planning has a strong portfolio of Pacific projects that have recieved positive international attention. We have worked in Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
In the increasingly urbanised world how cities manage risk is critical. Poor climate change adaptation governance can result in legal and insurance risk for local governments and increased risks for the communities they represent.
Climate Planning has proprietary adaptation governance frameworks which provide guidelines, actions and procedures for organisations seeking to mainstream adaptation into their organisation.
Climate Planning has a considerable pro-bono portfolio, where we have volunteered our services to support climate change adaptation. Our recent project was working with DLA Piper and UNESCO to provide training on issues associated with climate legal risk. To download the DLA Piper / UNESCO report please click here.
Climate Change Projections and Scenarios
Climate Planning can provide climate change modelling for future scenarios out to 2100. We use the SIMclim software and can provide GIS-ready climate change layers for a diverse array of variables. We can generate spatial imagery for any date using any of the IPCC recognised climate change models. We can also undertake site-specific extreme event analysis and show the anticipate change in return rate for a range of variables. We also collaborate with CLIMsystems for any bespoke products that are outside of the SIMclim software range.