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Natural Hazards Planning in New Zealand

GNS scientist, Dr Wendy Saunders, will provide an overview of natural hazards planning in New Zealand, the challenges and opportunities to improve planning practice, and the role of iwi management plans in managing natural hazards and risks.

Dr Saunders is an accomplished social scientist specializing in land use planning to reduce risks from natural hazards and climate change. She joined GNS Science in 2005, and since that time has worked on a variety of commercial and research projects, requiring the translation of technical science into tools that are useful, useable, and used.

Wendy co-leads the Mātauranga Māori research programme in the Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge; leads the Improved Risk Governance research programme at GNS Science; and until recently led the Engagement Programme for the Deep South National Science Challenge. She is on the Ministry for the Environment’s Expert Panel to develop a National Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework, and has won a number of national and international awards for her research and contribution to natural hazards planning and science.

Date Thursday, 12 September 2019
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Open Seminar
DepartmentCentre for Sustainability
LocationCentre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin
Contact NameNicola Topliss
Contact Phone+64 3 479 5220

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