Who should govern environmental disasters, and how?

Effective governance for extreme weather events

Bushfires, hurricanes, life-threatening heatwaves and floods have ravaged our planet in recent years. There is a mounting pool of evidence that climate change, including global warming, is a major cause of these extreme weather events.

This Sydney Ideas event brings together scholars working on environmental disasters from a range of disciplines, issue areas, and countries to grapple with the following questions: what we need to do to govern such disasters effectively? Who should govern environmental disasters and how?

To create an effective governance framework we need to be sensitive to local conditions and to recognise the commonalities of addressing such disasters globally.

Are there gaps in environmental disaster governance and can we ensure that attempts to address environmental disasters also protect people and ecosystems who are in the danger zones, in both the short term and the long term?

This event is part of the Environmental Disasters Symposium (21-22 November), a collaboration between Sydney Social and Humanities Advanced Research Centre, Sydney Environment Institute and the University of Sydney Office of Global Engagement.



Thursday 21 November 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm


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