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Challenging futures

12 Medi 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.