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Capacity to adapt agriculture to climate is being lost.

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Samkhar, Della (DPS)

From: York, Kathryn (DPS)

Sent: Monday, 7 July 2008 1:46 PM

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Subject: FW: Capacity to adapt agriculture to climate is being lost

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From: Norton, Tim (Sen R. Siewert) Sent: Monday, 7 July 2008 1:45 PM Subject: Capacity to adapt agriculture to climate is being lost

Senator Rachel Siewert Australian Greens Senator for WA


Monday 7th July 2008

Capacity to adapt agriculture to climate is being lost The capacity of our regional communities to adapt to climate change is being undermined  at their hour of greatest need - warn the Australian Greens.  

“With drought and drier periods becoming the norm rather the exception we urgently need  new ways to assist farmers to deal with climate variability and manage seasonal risk.  Unfortunately because Governments have been in denial for so long, Australian farmers 

arenʹt now as well equipped as they should be,” said Senator Rachel Siewert today.  

“The old policy settings wonʹt work anymore. We need to move forward with a regional  planning approach to adaptively managing climate risk and help farmers put in place  adaptation and mitigation measures,” she said  

Evidence to the Senate Inquiry into Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change last week  highlighted that we would need to deal with the impacts of climate change of agriculture at  a regional level, and that regional capacity would be fundamental to our ability to adapt.  

“At the same time the Commonwealth is undertaking these series of studies and the Senate  Inquiry is showing the need to support and expand regional capacity, the Environment  Minister, Peter Garrett is undermining our ability to respond - by slashing funding to 

regional NRM groups and Landcare networks through Caring for Our Country,” said  Senator Siewert.  

“There are some real success stories out there of farmers and researchers developing  profitable systems that are more resilient to climate variability - but unless we maintain  and extend our regional networks we wonʹt have the capacity to get the message out and  make these systems work at a local level,” she said.  

“We need a whole‐of‐government approach to climate adaptation,” concluded Senator  Siewert.

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