Climate Change Adaptation Forum
The Climate Change Adaptation Forum was held in Longreach on Thursday 12th November 2009.
The aim of this forum was to look at climate change in relation to property based community members and adaptation methods for producers in the Desert Channels Queensland (DCQ) region.
The support from local graziers and industry for the Climate Change Adaptation Forum was testament to the calibre of the presenters and the relevance of the forum topics. Feedback highlighted the appreciation for the ‘big picture’ approach to climate change and the broad range of speakers. A positive message and some clarity were the main outcomes of the day.
The forum was funded by the Queensland Government and the Blueprint for the Bush program through the Landholder Support Service Project.
Understandable explanation of climate change with science backing, impact on producers in western Queensland? Emeritus Professor Bob Miles, Central Queensland University. A pragmatic look at climate change, where all the data is at and what it means for the pastoral industry
Emeritus Professor Bob Miles – Central Queensland University
The science behind methane emissions, current research – Dr Ed Charmley CSIRO. Information and current research to better measure and manage CH4.
Dr Ed Charmley – CSIRO
Grazing vs. Fire, sheep and cattle case study properties in DCQ region – Dr Steven Bray, DPI&F. In answer to questions raised by graziers at the 3 C’s Forums held earlier in the year, Steven was specifically invited to prepare a greenhouse impact comparison (not economic comparison) of grazing versus destocking on two key land types in our region. The analysis explained the calculations and discussed the tradeoffs between these two land management options particularly in relation to livestock methane emissions reduction versus greater burning emissions.
Dr Steven Bray – DPI&F
Carbon in nature
What is it? What does it do? How does it affect me as a grazier? – Tony Lovell, Soil Carbon Research University of Sunshine Coast. The vast majority of the public as well as politicians and bureaucrats view the climate crisis and greenhouse gases in terms of (reputed) sources and sinks, without fully understanding the CARBON CYCLE or how it can be enhanced. Did you know that a 1% change in soil organic matter across just one-quarter of the World’s land area could sequester 300 billion tonnes of physical CO2? More green growing plants means more captured carbon dioxide – more water – more production – more biodiversity – more profit.
Tony Lovell – Soil Carbon Research, Bond Research
Strategies for addressing climate change
What can we do as grazier’s to address climate change? – Allan Lauder, Carbon Grazing. This presentation will focus on strategies to reduce the impact of an increasingly variable climate and explain why resilient landscapes are more profitable and produce lower greenhouse emissions. The emphasis will be on how to increase landscape resilience, as resilient landscapes are best equipped to absorb changed circumstances, while fragile ones collapse.
Alan Lauder – Carbon Grazing
Alan comes from a family of early innovators. His grandfather was the first in his district to have both a wireless and telephone. He has dedicated his most recent years to uncovering the unknowns of the carbon cycle within the grazing industry. He occupies a unique position in the carbon debate, after 30 years of operating a successful rural operation and ongoing interaction with the scientific community. This practical experience has proved invaluable when united with the understanding of the country’s leading scientists.
The forum concluded with a panel session that gave participants the opportunity to put questions to the experts.