Research priorities and best practices for managing climate risk and climate change adaptation in Australian agriculture

George, David A. and Clewett, Jeff Frank and Lloyd, David and McKellar, Richard and Tan, Poh-Ling and Howden, Mark and Rickards, Lauren and Ugalde, David and Barlow, Snow (2019) Research priorities and best practices for managing climate risk and climate change adaptation in Australian agriculture. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 26 (1). pp. 6-24. ISSN 1448-6563


Abstract

he challenges of climate change adaptation in agriculture are examined through the lens of priorities for research, and the use of best management practices (BMPs) to better manage climate risks. The methods and results have two parts. Firstly, a case study from the northern grains region examines the use of BMPs for managing climate risks associated with both climate variability and climate change. A series of industry workshops developed and tested a suite of 24 BMP standards for growing dryland grain crops, including four BMPs on risk management based on the Australian Standards for Risk Management. Secondly, priorities for research on climate change adaptation in the primary industries sector are described and evaluated to assess needs for updating, in response to industry and environmental changes. The analysis reveals strong reasons for increasing the priority given to education and extension on risk management and for developing BMPs for both incremental and transformative adaptation, and especially for deriving methods to achieve widespread adoption of BMPs for managing extreme climatic events. Collaborative development of BMPs involving farmers’/industry/scientists is the process most likely to derive robust BMPs to withstand the complexities of climate risk and build greater resilience of communities and ecosystems.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Agricultural Engineering (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Agricultural Engineering (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2020 06:40
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 00:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate risk, climate change adaption, risk management, research priorities
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070107 Farming Systems Research
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2018.1506948
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36556

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