Christchurch secures Adaptation Futures Conference for 2025

UC Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva, Professor Bronwyn Hayward and Professor Shaun Ogilvie, co-convenors of AF2025.

Christchurch has secured the Adaptation Futures Conference (AF2025) in 2025, which is part of the United Nations World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP).

Hosted by the University of Canterbury (UC), AF2025 is expected to see 1,500 delegates from across the globe convene at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

UC Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva and Professor Bronwyn Hayward and Professor Shaun Ogilvie played a vital role in securing the bid for this conference and are co-convenors of AF2025.

“We look forward to hosting this important conference alongside our partners,” said UC Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

“As a university committed to engagement, we work closely with our communities and our cities to impact research-informed decision-making. With thought leadership, community engagement and strong partnerships, we can adapt to overcome challenges and create sustainable solutions for generations to come.”

Tourism New Zealand chief executive René de Monchy said New Zealand’s tourism sector is committed to supporting the transition to a more sustainable and regenerative future.

“Events like these bring the best and brightest together to find climate-resilient solutions for our communities,” he said.

“Hosting conferences is a key part of Tourism New Zealand’s strategy to attract high-quality visitors who positively contribute to our environment, communities, culture and economy.”

The conference will implement eco-friendly practices, with Te Pae Christchurch holding environmental Toitū Gold standard and New Zealand Qualmark accreditations.

“For a place deeply connected to the natural environment, we are thrilled that such future focused delegates will be able to experience all our revitalised city has to offer,” said Ali Adams, chief executive of ChristchurchNZ.

“WASP’s critical work tackling the climate crisis aligns with Ōtautahi’s ambition to become a regenerative city that protects its natural resources, so this is an exciting partnership and a great step towards a future we collectively want to see, one that is good for the planet and people.”