Primary industries, enterprises and communities adapting to climate change

Industries and communities

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This area of research aims to quantify the vulnerability of different agricultural and mining industries and communities to climate change.

Research is also assessing the likely limits to adaptation and how these can be dealt with to achieve effective adaptation.

This portfolio of research includes:

  • Developing agribusinesses more resilient to climate change: A national project researching practical management solutions with croppers and graziers.
  • Assessing the capacity of rural communities to adapt to climate change: CSIRO has been researching ways to quantify the adaptive capacity and vulnerability of Australian rural communities to climate change in order to show where action can be taken to build strength and opportunity in the face of future constraints.
  • Exploring how to adapt dairy enterprises to climate change: CSIRO researchers are working with Australian dairy farmers in northern Victoria to explore the likely effects of climate change and how dairy enterprises can implement adaptation options.
  • Developing climate change adaptation strategies for farming communities in Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and India: CSIRO research conducted with local farming communities in collaboration with Asian research institutes will provide farming options designed to increase the ability of smallholder farmers to adapt to the impacts climate variability and change.
  • Impacts of climate change on the mining sector and the surrounding communities: This project will identify existing vulnerability of the mining and exploration industries to climate factors and explore and prioritise the technical adaptation options. The social research component of the work involves examining issues around perceptions, attitudes and decision making processes in the industry and associated communities.
  • Adaptation options for the beef industry: this project maps climate risk in Australia’s rangelands and works with beef industry to develop options for choosing ideal locations to provide best future outcomes. The research team is engaging farmers in group discussions on natural resource management issues and evaluating the impacts of these activities on farmers' knowledge.
  • Impacts and adaptation for forestry: modelling impacts of climate change on pests and productivity in forests to develop a monitoring and research strategy for examining options for the forest industry to adapt.
  • Adapting aquaculture and wild fisheries: this project will examine the biophysical, social and economic implications of climate change for fisheries in Australia’s south eastern region and facilitate the preparation and adaptation of the sectors to these future changes. It will provide frameworks, tools and knowledge that can be applied across Australia at a national level and also at a regional level. Previous work has involved working with the Tasmanian salmon and rock lobster fisheries analysing the impacts climate change will have and options to adapt.
  • How the wool industry can adapt to climate change: in New South Wales, assist wool growers’ long term planning by providing modelled information on the effects of climate change on pasture & livestock productivity as well as assessments of the scope for adaption to these changes. Provide proof of concept of techniques for deriving and communicating modelling projections and assessments of adaption to woolgrowers.
  • Assessing vulnerabilities of Asia-Pacific countries.

1. Data from ABARE-BRS: http://www.abare-brs.gov.au/data 

Stokes C & Howden M. (eds). 2010. Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Preparing Australian Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for the Future. CSIRO PUBLISHING. 296 pp.