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Knowledge transfer initiative on impacts and adaptation to climate change in agriculture - CC0365

Description
The main purpose of this project is to increase understanding and awareness within the UK agricultural industry of climate change impacts and adaptations, thereby ensuring that the industry is well placed to respond to the threats and opportunities that climate change poses. A further objective is to inform MAFF about the current state of understanding within the industry of the issues posed by climate change, and of the key concerns in different sectors of agriculture. The work is relevant to MAFF's policy in terms of ensuring that agriculture remains competitive, that food supplies are maintained, and that response measures to change have minimal environmental impact. The objectives will be achieved through the setting up of forum for liaison with the involvement of key representatives of organisations representing the various sectors of the industry, and through a workshop. The aims of the forum will be to (1) identify the industry’s priorities for information on climate change, (2) assess the value to the industry of existing information on climate change and identify gaps, (3) suggest practical and cost-effective ways of addressing information needs.
The workshop will involve further liaison with project leaders of relevant research. The aims of the workshop will be increase understanding of the issues raised by climate change scenarios in the wider agricultural community and to provide key decision-makers in farming with an overview of important findings from MAFF-funded and other research on climate change impacts and adaptation in agriculture. Outputs from the forum and from the workshop will include a report describing the presentations, industry feedback and conclusions, with appropriate communication with the farming press and farming organisations to ensure the information reaches a wide audience. The outputs will enable us to make appropriate recommendations for further technology transfer and/or research.
The project will be carried out by a consortium involving staff from IGER, CCLIF, and CCRU. The team will provide the necessary expertise to fully address the range of sectors of grassland and livestock, cropping enterprises, and socio-economic and policy considerations, respectively. The key personnel have good contacts with the relevant industry representatives covering these sectors, and with the recent and on-going research in this area.
Objective
1) To establish and manage a liaison group involving key farming representatives to:
- Identify the industry’s priorities for information on climate change.
- Assess the value to the industry of existing information on climate change and identify gaps.
- Suggest practical and cost-effective ways of addressing information needs.
- Provide a written summary of the group’s findings.

2) Organise a workshop to provide key decision-makers in farming with an overview of important findings from research on climate change impacts and adaptation in agriculture funded by MAFF and others as appropriate. Outputs from the meeting will include a report describing the presentations, industry feedback and conclusions, with appropriate communication with the farming press and farming organizations to ensure the information reaches a wide audience

3) Make recommendations for further technology transfer and/or research.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Knowledge transfer initiative on impacts and adaptation to climate change in agriculture   (134k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £39,228
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
Keywords
Climate and Weather              
Environmental Protection              
Global Warming              
Sustainable Production              
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship