New Climate Futures for Tasmania

Impacts on Agriculture and Water and Catchments

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Bryan Green and the Minister for Climate Change, Nick McKim today launched major reports to help Government, business and farmers better understand the impacts of climate change. The Impacts on Agriculture and Water and Catchments reports will inform future decision-making as part of the Climate Futures for Tasmania project. The Impacts on Agriculture report examines the impact of changes to climate indices such as frost, drought, chilling and growing-degree days on key agricultural sectors such as perennial horticulture, pasture production, grain crops, wine and biosecurity.

The report shows that while there may be challenges for agriculture from a changing climate there will also be many opportunities, Mr Green said. Mr McKim said the Climate Futures for Tasmania project was an excellent investment in Tasmania's future. The results of this analysis provide valuable information for the agricultural sector, as well as for water infrastructure and irrigation managers, local and state government and Hydro Tasmania, Mr McKim said. These results show that despite some changes Tasmania will continue to maintain a water advantage in comparison to other regions in Australia.

The reports, as well as Climate Futures for Tasmania results available on the Land Information System Tasmania (LIST) can be found at: http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/climatechange/adapting/climate_futures

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