Carbon, the problem and the solution

We are on the cusp of an uncertain but exciting time in agriculture. Farmers are at the coalface when it comes to climate variability and carbon. However successful business strategies identify threats and apply problem solving to drive opportunity. Could carbon be both the problem and a solution? The research is confirming carbon held in soil is the key to fertility and water holding capacity. It also provides a buffer in times of variability of climate change.

Useful tools from climate adaptation workshop

A wide range of regional stakeholders attended the recent Climate Adaptation workshop at Proserpine including Biosecurity, Queensland Police, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, local government, Traditional Owners, members of conservation organisations, tourism representatives, and energy providers. The workshop, which covered topics including adapting to a variable and changing climate, managing risks, and identifying opportunities, also […]

Traditional Owners planning for Climate Change

Traditional Owners (TO’s) in the Mackay and Whitsundays are planning ahead for climate change. The TO’s are working in partnership with regional bodies to help identify local sites of cultural significance to be included in a regional Climate Action Plan, which will assess the future impact of rising sea levels and other climate risks and […]

Climate Risk in the Coastal Zone forum discusses key issues

The Mackay Whitsunday region is no stranger to natural disasters, having experienced flooding, storm surges and cyclones in the past. Have you ever wondered how projected changes in climate could affect our coastal region, lifestyle, industry and homes? This month, Reef Catchments focused on the issue at the Climate Risk in the Coastal Zone forum, […]

How will climate affect us? Envisioning possible futures for the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac NRM regions

Is our region equipped to manage an evolving climate moving forward? Not yet, according to recent workshops hosted by Reef Catchments. More than 40 delegates from Mackay, the Whitsundays and Isaac have gathered to discuss regional drivers of climate risk and change as part of regional scenario planning workshops in Mackay and Proserpine – Envisioning […]

NRM Planning for Climate Change

Reef Catchments has made significant progress in compiling spatial data for the region to determine potential future risks and vulnerabilities with climate change. RPS East Group were engaged to deliver a series of products that included conducting an audit of the existing carbon sinks in the region. FullCAM (Full Carbon Accounting Model) is the model […]

Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac community invited to develop the region’s plan

Caption: Reef Catchments CEO Rob Cocco and NRM Plan coordinator Alice Spencer will work with groups in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac Region to help manage natural resources for the future. What do you want our region to look and be like in 50 years time? The community is being asked to have a say […]

NRM Planning for Climate Change

Reef Catchments, along with 52 other Regional NRM organisations across Australia, has received funding from the Federal Government to update their regional NRM Plan in light of climate change. This process will be aligned with the Principles for the NRM Planning for Climate Change Fund http://www.environment.gov.au/cleanenergyfuture/regional-fund/about.html The three principles are: Plans identify priority landscapes for carbon […]

Action on the Ground

There has been a lot of talk of reducing carbon emissions in agriculture as a means of addressing climate change in recent years. This has extended to paying farmers, through carbon credits, to reduce their emissions or sequester carbon on their properties. What does this all mean? How is it done, who can do it […]

NRM planning for climate change

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities last month released funding guidelines for NRM groups to assist with planning for climate change impacts and maximising the environmental benefits of carbon farming. Under the program, $24.16 million will be provided to the 56 regional NRM groups around Australia to support climate change planning and […]