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Rural Practice Change: Opening Remarks


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by Andrew Campbell
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Rural Practice Change: Opening Remarks

  1. 1. Understanding Practice Change by Farmers — a national symposium University of Melbourne 14.11.08 Andrew Campbell facilitator
  2. 2. The genesis of this event
  3. 4. Why is this important? <ul><li>Rural Australia is under pressure, and facing rapid & sustained change </li></ul><ul><li>The community has multiple requirements of rural landscapes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food, fibre, export income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity, water, landscape amenity, tourism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residential and commercial space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The rapidly evolving carbon & energy agendas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These objectives are often in tension </li></ul><ul><ul><li>currently amplified by climate change and economic & policy uncertainty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are major public policy (and commercial) interests in being able to understand, predict and influence rural practice change </li></ul>