Climate change

Policy Forum on Adaptation to Climate Change in OECD Countries, May 2012



Summary Note          List of Participants            Agenda            Speakers' biographies

This Policy Forum focused on the development of adaptation policies within OECD countries, but also produced insights useful for developing countries. The first day provided policy makers from OECD member countries with the opportunity to discuss common challenges, successes and the way forward. The second day brought in the private sector to discuss the interactions between public policy and private sector action on adaptation. This focussed on how public policy works in partnership with the private sector to facilitate climate resilience, including: risk-transfer, public-private collaboration for risk management, and how the private sector can contribute to wider societal resilience.
Presentations made by speakers are available below.


Welcoming Remarks


Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Session 1. 


Progress at the national level: An overview of progress on adaptation across the OECD


Introduction: Michael Mullan, OECD


Panel speakers:

  • United Kingdom: Darius Campbell, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
  • Korea: Soojeong Myeong, Researcher, Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change
  • Chile: Peter Muck, Advisor, Climate Change Office,  Ministry for the Environment

Session 2. 


Challenges and opportunities at the national level: barriers to action and steps taken to overcome them



Lead speaker: Jonathan Coppel, Commissioner, Australian Productivity Commission


Panel speakers:

  • Japan: Yutaka Matsuzawa, Director, Office of Global Environment Research, Policy & Coordination Division, Ministry of Environment
  • Finland: Antti Irjala, Senior Environmental Adviser, Department of the Built Environment, Ministry of Environment
  • Austria: Sabine McCallum, Head of Unit, Environmental Impact Assessment and Climate Change, Environment Agency Austria

  Session 3.


Focus on multi-level governance: local impacts, national frameworks



Lead speaker: Marianne Karlsen, Senior Advisor, Ministry of the Environment, Norway

Panel speakers:

  • Natural Resources Canada: Niall O'Dea, Director, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division
  • European Commission: Joan Canton, Policy Officer-DG Climate Action-Unit Adaptation.
  • City of Rotterdam: Arnoud Molenaar, Program Manager Rotterdam Climate Proof.

Session 4.


Measuring success: Monitoring and evaluating climate change adapation





Lead speaker: Martin Parry, UK Adaptation Sub-Committee; Grantham Institute


Panel speakers:

  • Germany: Petra Mahrenholz, Director, Kompass, Federal Environment Agency
  • Netherlands: Robert Schoonman, Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment
  • Switzerland: Roland Hohmann, Senior Scientific Officer, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment


Welcoming remarks:


Shardul Agrawala, Senior Adviser, Office of the Secretary General, OECD

Keynote address:


Simon Brooks, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

Session 1.


Risk-sharing and risk-transfer: new trends and opportunities



Lead speaker: Walter R. Stahel, Vice Secretary General & Head of Risk Management Research, The Geneva Association


Panel speakers:

Session 2.


Public-private collaboration on risk management


Lead speaker: Steve Gawler, Director, International Programs,  Local Governments for Sustainability

  • Alexander Veitch, Head of Unit Sustainable Development, International Union of Railways
  • Jacques Pithois, Deputy Vice President Sustainable Development, Electricité de France
  • Gautier Chatelus, Executive Director Investment, CDC Infrastructure, Caisse des Dépôts

Session 3.


Private sector’s contribution to societal resilience


Lead speaker: Thierry Berthoud, Managing Director Energy & Climate, WBCSD

Panel speakers:  

  • Guillaume Prudent-Richard, Principal Scientist/Team Leader, AECOM
  • Alan Miller, Principal Climate Change Specialist, International Finance Corporation
  • Dan Dowling, Adaptation Expert, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Session 4.


Priorities for policy development: key questions and ways forward


Panel Discussion: In what ways can the public sector encourage private sector engagement? Where is concerted policy action needed?


Panel speakers:

  • Helen Wilson, Assistant Secretary, Australian Department of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency
  • Andrew Andrea, Assosciate Director, Head of Public Sector Engagement, Risk Response Network Manager, Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks, World Economic Forum

Closing Remarks


Michael Mullan, OECD



* The Secretariat would like to thank Norway (Ministry of Environment), United Kingdom (DEFRA) and United States (EPA) for providing financial support for this event.