Join Us to accelerate Adaptation Action

Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!

Welcome to the homelands of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu.

The 8th international Adaptation Futures Conference (AF2025) will be held in Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand from 13 to 16 October, 2025. It is hosted by the University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha with regional Oceania and international partners.

Adaptation Futures is the flagship event of the United Nations World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP).

The premier international climate change adaptation conference series enables practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and academics from across the world to gather to network, collaborate, learn, and inspire.

We’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas for priority themes for AF2025.

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Our supporters and sponsors

We are grateful for support from these key sponsors. If your organisation would like to partner with this important event, please get in touch.

World Adaptation Science Program
University of Canterbury
100% Pure New Zealand
Ōtautahi Christchurch

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Coming in 2025

AF2025 will provide a unique opportunity to share adaptation expertise, skills, and experiences with a world-leading network of scientists, practitioners, governments, industry and community interests, educators, youth leaders and community advocates. This event will offer the expert insight and future-forward focus necessary to advance adaptation to our rapidly changing climate.

The conference will recognise the vital role of climate-resilient development, drawing on indigenous and local knowledges to advance a fairer and more liveable and sustainable future for all.

AF2025 aims to model low carbon impact with a range of in person, hybrid events and regional hubs proposed.

AF2025 aims to support Global South, Indigenous and youth leadership at this global event.

There are five proposed special crosscutting themes to advance climate adaptation knowledge.

1

INDIGENOUS INNOVATION:
Indigenous leadership and knowledge for transformation; opportunities and limits of adaptation, finance, loss and damage

2

CITIES, SETTLEMENTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE:
Climate-resilient development solutions for urban governments and communities, climate mobility and global action

3

FOOD AND WATER SECURITY, OCEANS, LAND USE AND BIODIVERSITY:
Ecosystem health, agricultural innovation, food-water-energy nexus

4

ART OF CLIMATE ADAPTATION:
The role of storytelling, communication, performance and creative arts for adaptation

5

CAPACITY BUILDING AND YOUTH:
Global talanoa connecting students and young activists, educators and early career researchers

We’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas, or enquire about a sponsorship prospectus here.