Future Ready Dairy Systems

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Climate Risk Matrix Workshop

Objective of the event

The workshop examined a risk management framework (developed by Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation) which can be used to assess climate change impacts.  The risk matrix is a process that can simplify complexity and identify impacts, adaptive responses and vulnerability.

Key Messages

Manager of the Climate Risk Management and Adaptation Project (for DEEDI QLD), Neil Cliffe, facilitated the workshop. Mr. Cliffe said the climate risk matrix had been developed in Queensland as a discussion tool to stimulate thinking about the impacts of climate change at a regional and enterprise level.

Using a risk assessment matrix to ascertain potential climate change impact provides an opportunity to document a broad range of influences which in the end can result in ‘balancing’ both positive and negative impacts on a particular region.

There are two points of action: mitigation (addressing the cause) and adaptation (planned response to the changes)

  • Adaptation is the decision-making process and actions of adjusting practices, processes and capital responses undertaken to maintain the capacity to deal with current or future predicted change.
  • Mitigation has a focus on technologies (renewables, CO2 capture and geo-sequestration, geothermal, biofuels, energy efficiency) and hard economic mechanisms (emissions trading scheme) to reduce emissions.

Reflections on the Event

The session was also facilitated by Dr. David Cobon who was instrumental in developing the risk assessment tool. Participants were very lucky to have both David and Neil here all the way from Queensland and the tool is versatile that it can be utilised in any state or territory of Australia.

Quotes and Feedback from Attendees

Neil Cliffe: “It looks at what our vulnerabilities might be and how we can adapt to cope with the predicted changes. For example in western Victoria the impact of lower rainfall or higher temperatures on pasture growth for dairy farmers would be a key consideration. In some cases it might indicate that more research is needed on a particular topic or that farmers need to change their management systems” .

Other Event Information

For further information about the Climate Risk Matrix tool please contact:
Neil Cliffe
Manager, Helping Primary Producers Adapt to Climate Change (HPPACC) Coordination Project
Agri-Science Queensland a service of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
Telephone +61 7 49670957 Facsimile +61 7 49514509


18 Feb,2011

Event Type:

Professional Development Workshop/Seminar


DemoDAIRY, 7161 Princes Highway, Terang Victoria 3264


Louise Sheba, Dairying for Tomorrow Regional Coordinator

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