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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for the Natural Environment

On 28 and 29 November, a workshop on Implementing Adaptation in Nature Conservation and Natural Environments in Tasmania was held in Hobart.

The workshop was attended by 65 participants including land managers, policy makers and conservation practitioners from government agencies, environmental NGOs and consultancies, and research institutions working in conservation management of marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.

The workshop was opened by Shona Prior, Manager Adaptation Unit, TCCO, who gave an overview of adaptation work being undertaken by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office. Michael Grose, National Environment Research Program, then addressed the group on Tasmania’s downscaled projections from Climate Futures for Tasmania project. Jennie Whinam and Louise Gilfedder, DPIPWE, then outlined some of the Resource, Management and Conservation Division’s climate change work.

The core part of the workshop consisted of a series of five detailed discussions on different aspects of Issues, challenges and experiences in implementing adaptation. This was done in small groups, each focusing on a different ecosystem. The participants identified practical action that could be taken to respond to the possible consequences of climate change for the Tasmanian natural environment.

The workshop was convened by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment’s (DPIPWE) Resource, Management and Conservation Division and was sponsored by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, the Tasmanian Climate Change Office (TCCO), the Natural Resource Management Regions, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the Ecological Society of Australia.

It was an excellent opportunity to network and some future collaborations on adaptation work were developed. Thanks to all involved and TCCO for their support!

TCCO Workshop