Research priorities and best practices for managing climate risk and climate change adaptation in Australian agriculture

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George, David A., Clewett, Jeff Frank, Lloyd, David, McKellar, Richard, Tan, Poh-Ling, Howden, Mark, Rickards, Lauren, Ugalde, David and Barlow, Snow. 2019. "Research priorities and best practices for managing climate risk and climate change adaptation in Australian agriculture." Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. 26 (1), pp. 6-24. https://doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2018.1506948
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Research priorities and best practices for managing climate risk and climate change adaptation in Australian agriculture

ERA Journal ID5805
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsGeorge, David A. (Author), Clewett, Jeff Frank (Author), Lloyd, David (Author), McKellar, Richard (Author), Tan, Poh-Ling (Author), Howden, Mark (Author), Rickards, Lauren (Author), Ugalde, David (Author) and Barlow, Snow (Author)
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal of Environmental Management
Journal Citation26 (1), pp. 6-24
Number of Pages19
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1448-6563
2159-5356
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2018.1506948
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14486563.2018.1506948
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he challenges of climate change adaptation in agriculture are examined through the lens of priorities for research, and the use of best management practices (BMPs) to better manage climate risks. The methods and results have two parts. Firstly, a case study from the northern grains region examines the use of BMPs for managing climate risks associated with both climate variability and climate change. A series of industry workshops developed and tested a suite of 24 BMP standards for growing dryland grain crops, including four BMPs on risk management based on the Australian Standards for Risk Management. Secondly, priorities for research on climate change adaptation in the primary industries sector are described and evaluated to assess needs for updating, in response to industry and environmental changes. The analysis reveals strong reasons for increasing the priority given to education and extension on risk management and for developing BMPs for both incremental and transformative adaptation, and especially for deriving methods to achieve widespread adoption of BMPs for managing extreme climatic events. Collaborative development of BMPs involving farmers’/industry/scientists is the process most likely to derive robust BMPs to withstand the complexities of climate risk and build greater resilience of communities and ecosystems.

Keywordsclimate risk, climate change adaption, risk management, research priorities
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020300208. Farm management, rural management and agribusiness
300207. Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
Department of Primary Industries, Queensland
University of Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea
Australian National University
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
University of Melbourne
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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