Towards a climate resilient land and food system
Ahead of the Adapting Aotearoa symposium (Monday 20 November in Ōtautahi Christchurch), we are hosting two preliminary webinar events to get us all thinking and talking about climate adaptation in our food and farming sectors.
The symposium is brought to you by the Deep South Challenge in collaboration with Resilience to Nature’s Challenges and Our Land and Water, and will explore innovative solutions for building climate resilience and deeper understanding of the urgency for adaptation in our agricultural practices.
Join us at our lead-in webinars to hear from scientists conducting some of the latest research on climate change impacts in the primary sector – the issues, and the opportunities. Don’t miss your chance to hit the symposium with a shared understanding of what our primary sector and food systems are facing, and a building excitement for the work ahead, as we all adapt and thrive together.
These webinars are open to all, and will be recorded.
Webinar 1: Climate change impacts in the primary sector
Tuesday 7 November, 12pm – 1pm
(this event has passed, recording will be available soon)
Pierre Beukes, Farm Systems Modelling Team Leader, DairyNZ
Pierre will share the results of using NIWA climate projections for the rest of this century for the upper North Island (Waikato and Northland) and lower South Island (Edendale district in Southland) to model the potential impacts of climate change on ryegrass persistence, pasture growth rates and annual yields, and how these may affect farm performance in these regions.
Kathryn McRae, senior scientist, AgResearch
Predicting disease risks for sheep farmers in a changing NZ climate
Heather Craig, lecturer in Disaster Risk & Resilience, University of Canterbury
Heather’s presentation will explore the exposure and impacts to dairy farms in Aotearoa from climate change-driven sea level rise and extreme events.
Webinar 2: Adaptation in the primary sector
Monday 13 November, 12pm – 1pm
Richard Fitzgerald, General Manager of Enviro Collective Ltd
Supporting land-use adaption for a climate changed future: A regional cross-sector approach
Christina Griffin, Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Drawing on data collected through a period of in-depth research with dairy farmers in the lower South Island and Waikato region of Aotearoa-New Zealand, Christina will discuss some of the barriers and enablers of climate change adaptation on dairy farms. She will discuss how values, local context and perceptions of fairness influence the uptake of adaptation activities, and how different farming groups and identities approach and understand adaptation differently.
Nick Cradock-Henry, Principal Social Scientist, GNS Science
Navigating future uncertainty in the primary sector