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Climate variability

Adapting to a changing climate

Are you doing things a little differently these days?  Are you making slight changes to your land management to cope with extended droughts, longer hotter summers and extreme weather events?  Adaptation might include things like putting in more shade for stock, using shorter, deeper troughs to reduce evaporation and keep water for stock cooler, joining or shearing stock at different times of the year.

Whatever it is you are doing we want to hear about it!  The CSIRO and Institute for Sustainable Futures have collaborated to produce a new online tool which helps every member of the community get involved in climate change adaptation by documenting and mapping how people are responding to changes in climate and weather.

This type of "citizen science" brings research and the community together so let's put the Western Region on the map!

Visit the website to see more.

Carbon farming in the Western region

Carbon farming has emerged in recent years as an alternative income stream for landholders in the Western region, particularly in the north-east areas around Cobar and Bourke.

In order to meet emission reduction targets the Australian government purchases carbon abatement from a variety of sources. This abatement is sometimes called carbon farming. Businesses and land managers can earn money by registering projects and following specific, legislated methods which either reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon in a measurable way. Most of the projects registered in Western NSW involve landholders receiving payment to sequester carbon in the native vegetation on their properties.
There are a number of things to consider if you're thinking about taking on a carbon farming project. Western Local Land Services have developed some fact sheets to provide useful information and tips:

Dealing with the uncertainty of short-term climate variability and long-term climate change is already presenting significant challenges for landholders, townspeople, emergency services and the environment across NSW.

The changing climate is one of the biggest challenges confronting the sustainability of production and the natural resource base.

Local Land Services will work with landholders to address some key issues in climate change including:

  • working to improve understanding climate variability and climate change
  • lessen the effects of climate change
  • improve our capacity to adapt where necessary.

Industry collaborators and resources

NSW Department of Primary Industries
LLS work closely with DPI to provide up to date technical advice and support.

NSW Office of Water
The NSW Office of Water in DPI is responsible for the management of the State's surface water and groundwater resources.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
The Office of Environment and Heritage works to protect and conserve the NSW environment, including the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage and our built heritage, and manages NSW national parks and reserves.

Natural Resources Commission
The Natural Resources Commission provides the NSW Government with independent advice on managing natural resources.

Department of the Environment (Commonwealth)
The Department of the Environment is responsible for all federal matters pertaining to the environment.

Useful Sites

CSIRO researchers have worked with Department of Environment and Bureau of Meteorology to put together the Climate Change in Australia website. The website is an excellent one stop shop for information and tools on climate change projections, impacts and adaptation for the whole of Australia.

CSIRO has also launched the Adapt NRM website which provides in depth climate change tools and resources for natural resource management groups.

On a more local level Office of Environment and Heritage have launched the Adapt NSW website which provides tools and resources to understand everything you need to know about climate change in NSW.

Other sites that may be of interest: