In 2015, Vicinity Centres—a leading Australian real estate group with holdings that include Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building, along with iconic buildings in other major cities—began a process of identifying their risks and opportunities in light of climate change. Then, in early 2017, Cyclone Debbie struck off the coast of Queensland, devastating communities and…
Martijn Wilder Martijn Wilder is head of Baker McKenzie's Global Environmental Markets and Climate Change practice. Martijn's practice focuses on climate change law, international carbon and broader environmental markets, climate and conservation finance and conservation projects. He is also Chair of the Baker McKenzie Law for Development Initiative. Martijn is regarded as a legal pioneer in the development of climate change law. He advises on legal matters relating to climate change, environmental markets, sustainable development and conservation finance. He is ranked as a Star Individual (the highest ranking available) by Chambers Global, is listed among the best lawyers in Environment and Climate Change by Best Lawyers Australia 2009-2016 and in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2009-2016. He is also listed for Australia, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Best Lawyers International 2013. In 2013, he was warded the Lawyers Weekly "Law Firm Partner of the Year." Martijn is an Adjunct Professor of Climate Change Law at the Australian National University. His other roles include formal roles as Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), WWF (Australia) and the Climate Council. and an Affiliate. He holds advisory roles as Chair of the NSW Climate Change Council, a Governing Board Member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. He is also the Deputy Chair of the Private Sector Roundtable of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan. Martijn recently Chaired the Independent Review Committee of the Victorian Climate Change Act. He was formerly Chairman of Low Carbon Australia and for many years chaired TRAFFIC (Oceania). Martijn has written widely especially on climate change law, environmental law and Antarctica. In 2012, Martijn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for "service to environmental law, particularly in the area of climate change through contributions to the development of law, global regulation, public policy and the promotion of public debate, and to the community."