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Climate change, sustainable agriculture and
               environmental information.

                              Snow ...
Climate Change ,sustainable agriculture
    and environmental management


                     a regional perspective



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Climate Change is a „wicked‟ challenge
                       to regional communities

• Regional communities must move to...
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The Broken River Catchment


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Farms Rivers and Markets
                         Future with    Aim for FRM
               Past   climate change    contr...
Farms Rivers and Markets –Dookie campus
Farms Plan: Structure and Linkages
 Farming                                                                Dookie site cha...
Maintaining Dairy productivity with
                                        reduced water
Preliminary modeling outcomes of...
Bottom up consultation an essential and
                    ongoing part of project

• Project Steering Committee-
  – Far...
A final word from Charles Darwin

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
       nor the most intelligent t...
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Climate change, sustainable agriculture and environmental management: A regional perspective

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Climate change, sustainable agriculture and environmental management: A regional perspective

  1. 1. Climate change, sustainable agriculture and environmental information. Snow Barlow
  2. 2. Climate Change ,sustainable agriculture and environmental management a regional perspective Professor Snow Barlow ASTE, FAIAST Melbourne School of Land and Environment University of Melbourne
  3. 3. Climate Change is a „wicked‟ challenge to regional communities • Regional communities must move to an „adaptation„ phase well before the full impact is known or knowable • Adaptation has to occur in an uncertain policy and well as biophysical environments – Water – CPRS – Climate change • Adaptation is intuitively a „bottom up‟ process but can only occur effectively in an information rich environment
  4. 4. 0 50 100 150 200 250 1978 /79 1979 /80 1980 /81 1981 /82 1982 /83 1983 /84 1984 /85 1985 /86 1986 /87 1987 /88 1988 /89 1989 /90 1990 /91 1991 /92 1992 /93 1993 /94 1994 /95 1995 /96 1996 /97 1997 /98 1998 /99 1999 /00 2000 /01 2001 /02 2002 (% of Water Right until 2006/7, then % of High Reliability Water Shares) /03 2003 /04 2004 /05 2005 Do we smooth this ? /06 2006 /07 2007 /08 2008 /09 Goulburn System Seasonal Allocations
  5. 5. The Broken River Catchment onga Yarraw annel Ma in Ch Broken R Go u lbur transmission n Main oulburn Broken Ck Rive nel r Chan losses losses G East Waranga Basin L Mokoan Stuart Murray Canal evaporation losses Goulburn Weir Broken R Delivery to operational irrigators losses
  6. 6. Farms Rivers and Markets Future with Aim for FRM Past climate change contribution No adaption Adaptive future Improved Available water ML ML ML operational Optimisation by combining efficiency operations with markets Smarter Farm $ $ $ water use productivity on farm Better matching of available water River health to environmental needs
  7. 7. Farms Rivers and Markets –Dookie campus
  8. 8. Farms Plan: Structure and Linkages Farming Dookie site characterisation systems Farming systems that do and instrumentation analysis more with less: Farm (modelling) systems experimentation (‘Dookie demonstrator’) (CAT) Evaluation Farm and catchment networks and innovation research Water resources, allocation and accounting Groundwater and groundwater-surface water interaction Ecology and ecological impacts Common futures for whole-of-system performance improvement
  9. 9. Maintaining Dairy productivity with reduced water Preliminary modeling outcomes of dairy productivity and profitability with 100%,50%and 30% water allocations and changing forage systems and irrigation systems MS kg/ha 3000 Op Profit $/ha 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 ng op 0 5 5 0 5 0 5 0 5 6 16 14 20 16 17 19 20 22 23 -0 lvi cr 05 s s ca s s s s s s s hi ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow 20 5 ay C C 20 C C C C C C C e M ki 60 60 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 s oo 5 ow G G C C C C C C C 20 D D AR AR D D D D D D C s 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 ow 30 10 10 10 10 10 10 40 40 G C C W W W W W W G G AR D 30 PR PR 70 30 C 50 50 G D W AR W W 70 G 30 AR W 30 W
  10. 10. Bottom up consultation an essential and ongoing part of project • Project Steering Committee- – Farms liaison committee – Rivers liaison committee – Community liaison committee • Experimental Farms phase – Dairy advisory group – Dryland/broadacre advisory group – Horticulture/Viticulture advisory group
  11. 11. A final word from Charles Darwin “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.” “It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
  12. 12. The Environment Institute

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