Estimating adaptive capacity in Australian farming environments

James Walcott, Edwin Wolfe

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Looking ahead, Australian agriculture is entering a period of unprecedented change as it responds to drivers such as: global warming; increasing competition for food, water and fuel resources; the ageing of the farming and scientific professions; and the purposeful realignment of farm management with environmental priorities. Tools are needed for planners and professionals'many of whom lack a multidisciplinary appreciation'to anticipate, predict and cope with the risks of this uncertain future. Of particular interest are the likely resilience of agroecosystems and the adaptive capacity of particular agricultural industries, zones and communities. This paper describes an exercise in mapping potential indicators of adaptive capacity on Australian farms. The deficiencies in this approach are discussed in relation to potential improvements. We conclude that both quantitative and qualitative tools are needed to assess the likely levels of adaptive capacity of agricultural activities, spatially and industrially.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th AAC
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal issues. Paddock action
EditorsMurray Unkovich
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherThe Regional Institute
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)1920842349
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event14th Australian Agronomy Conference - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 21 Sep 200825 Sep 2008


Conference14th Australian Agronomy Conference

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    Walcott, J., & Wolfe, E. (2008). Estimating adaptive capacity in Australian farming environments. In M. Unkovich (Ed.), 14th AAC: Global issues. Paddock action (pp. 1-4). The Regional Institute.