Open Data for Climate Adaptation

Empowering Planners and Civil Society

SESSION: Friday 22nd March, 2:50pm - 3:20pm
RESENTED BY: Nick Williamson

As climate change impacts become increasingly evident, New Zealand's planning industry faces the urgent need for adaptive strategies that not only mitigate these challenges but also engage civil society in meaningful ways. A growing movement advocates for Open Data as a way to democratise information and foster public involvement in climate adaptation. This presentation aims to explore the role that planners can play in this movement, given the intersection of their expertise in both resource management and community engagement.

The session will address:

  • Why Open Data is crucial for public participation in climate adaptation initiatives.
  • How Open Data facilitates resource management and climate resilience by making information available in a usable and targeted manner.
  • Strategies for the planning industry to advance the Open Data movement, focusing on the importance of specificity, user-friendliness, and public accessibility.

In a rapidly changing world, it's essential for planners to move beyond traditional models and embrace innovative solutions. Open Data offers an avenue for civic engagement that not only elevates the role of citizens but also enhances the efficacy of planning efforts. By advancing the Open Data movement, New Zealand's planning industry can significantly contribute to more resilient and adaptive communities in the face of climate change.

Presented By

Nick Williamson

Strategist, Fluid Industries

Nick is a seasoned urban planner and an advocate for leveraging Open Data in climate adaptation strategies. With a background in both resource management and community engagement, he is passionate about empowering civil society to actively participate in building more resilient communities. Having worked in diverse projects ranging from urban development to environmental conservation, Nick brings a multidisciplinary approach to planning. A frequent speaker at conferences and a collaborator with governmental agencies, he believes that the key to effective planning lies in openness, collaboration, and public involvement.