Knowledge partnership: an extension approach in climate change adaptation Marion Titterton Robyn Eversole Joanna Lyall Uni...
Climate change adaptation extension: what approach works? <ul><li>Extension: traditionally, the dissemination of proven re...
Short term, tactical approach: climate variability- what works? <ul><li>Climate variability: inherently unpredictable, no ...
Why should knowledge partnership work? <ul><li>Risk perception not high in urban communities-livelihood and qualify of lif...
The use of knowledge partnership <ul><li>The value of knowledge partnership was examined when planning an extension progra...
The use of knowledge partnership <ul><li>There was a strong association of changes observed by farmers,  in weather patter...
The use of knowledge partnership <ul><li>In the Focus group discussions, key issues were identified and distilled into top...
Extension program for Tasmanian dairy farmers Priority themes selected by dairy farmers in Tasmania: Energy efficiency: re...
The value of knowledge partnership <ul><li>This was a small sample in one sector </li></ul><ul><li>BUT we believe this stu...
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Knowledge partnership: an extension approach in climate change adaptation - Marion Titterton

  1. 1. Knowledge partnership: an extension approach in climate change adaptation Marion Titterton Robyn Eversole Joanna Lyall University of Tasmania
  2. 2. Climate change adaptation extension: what approach works? <ul><li>Extension: traditionally, the dissemination of proven research findings </li></ul><ul><li>Technology transfer, programmed learning (workshops, field days), group discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Long term climate futures: increasing body of evidence on temperature, greenhouse gas emissions: opportunities for planned management practice changes . </li></ul><ul><li>Long term adaptation: will largely depend on these extension approaches to disseminate these findings and communicate climate change adaptation. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Short term, tactical approach: climate variability- what works? <ul><li>Climate variability: inherently unpredictable, no proven research findings – the only certainty is change, increasing frequency and severity of extreme events and increased risk. </li></ul><ul><li>To assist farmers to adapt to climate variability, traditional extension methods are not applicable . </li></ul><ul><li>In our study, knowledge partnership was used as an alternative approach </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why should knowledge partnership work? <ul><li>Risk perception not high in urban communities-livelihood and qualify of life not dependent on climate: difficult to communicate the need to adapt to climate variabilty and extreme events. </li></ul><ul><li>Risk perception higher in rural communities- direct dependence on weather patterns, some adaptation has already taken place and management challenges intuitively recognised- hence the knowledge is there. </li></ul><ul><li>Industry service providers can draw on and share local knowledge of weather changes and management implications for participatory planning of effective and relevant extension programs. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The use of knowledge partnership <ul><li>The value of knowledge partnership was examined when planning an extension program to assist Tasmanian dairy farmers to adapt to climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers were interviewed for their observations of weather pattern changes, adaptive practices already in place and recognition of challenges and issue arising. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The use of knowledge partnership <ul><li>There was a strong association of changes observed by farmers, in weather patterns, temperatures and rainfall, with time of over ten years spent in their area; </li></ul><ul><li>Some farmers reported changes in farming systems over this time, reflecting adaptive practices to the weather changes; </li></ul><ul><li>There were many issues and management challenges to adaptation identified by the farmers and put forward for discussion by the focus groups;. </li></ul><ul><li>Data from interviews were collated and presented to focus group meetings for discussion. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The use of knowledge partnership <ul><li>In the Focus group discussions, key issues were identified and distilled into topics . </li></ul><ul><li>The wider dairy community was requested to prioritize topics for an extension program to assist farmers to build capacity for adapting to climate variability. </li></ul><ul><li>There was some variation in agreed key issues across regions but for the wider community, there were a small number of topics which were common to all regions. </li></ul><ul><li>This led to the identification of seven major themes and the extension program is now underway. </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers were informed of the outcomes in the Tassie Dairy Newsletter which enhanced awareness of the program and we have seen good attendance at our events so far. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Extension program for Tasmanian dairy farmers Priority themes selected by dairy farmers in Tasmania: Energy efficiency: reducing power costs Water: water storage, water use efficiency, environmental water flow management Renewable energy: wind, solar, biogas, micro-hydro Feedbase: dry tolerant forage crops, resilient pastures, silage for forage banks, pasture recovery Animal health and welfare: in prolonged wet: lameness, mastitis, downer cows On very hot days (Yes, TAS gets them!): heat stress Infrastructure: laneways, feedpads, drainage, stand –off areas to prevent pugging Working with people under stress
  9. 9. The value of knowledge partnership <ul><li>This was a small sample in one sector </li></ul><ul><li>BUT we believe this study provided a good indication that the knowledge partnership approach could be a key factor in climate variability adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>We propose to widen the scope of this study to include other sectors (extensive agriculture and horticulture) for a more comprehensive assessment. </li></ul>

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