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Climate Change

Climate change is a lively topic for natural resource management, with all stakeholders trying to understand and respond to the likely impacts.  Namoi CMA has always strived to keep the catchment community informed and up to date on the latest debates, and to provide access to useful information.  Below are some links to useful documents outlining the expected impacts of climate change, both at a Catchment level and more broadly.

Namoi CMA’s position on Climate Change 

Namoi CMA formally adopted the following position on Climate Change at its March 2010 Board meeting.

The Namoi CMA Board formally acknowledges climate change as a “driver” to be considered as part of the Catchment Action Plan Pilot Review.

Click here to read our Climate Change Policy

Climate Dogs

View a series of animated clips on NSW DPI's website which explain features of climate that impact on rainfall in NSW.
Click here to watch Climate Dogs. 

What are the impacts of warming temperatures for the Namoi Catchment?

Rural Australia knows how vitally important it is to watch our climatic patterns; we always look for changes and trends that might offer a warning, or give comfort, to our current activities.

As climate is one of the primary drivers of change within our Catchment we can observe, through historical evidence, if climatic changes are speeding up, slowing down, trending up or down, or, exhibiting no discernable pattern at all.

The following presentations have been gleaned from Australia's Bureau of Meteorology website,

They use records from Australia's Reference Climate Station Network that are relevant to the Namoi Valley. In amongst the huge variations that are distinctive of our climate, by carefully looking for changes over time it may be possible to discern what changes the climate may be providing, how vulnerable we may be to any discernable change, and in turn it may be possible to manage how we may adapt to these changes.

Trend in temperatures across the Namoi Catchment   

Trend in maximum temperatures across the Namoi Catchment  

Trend in rainfall across the Namoi Catchment

Namoi CMA presentation in 2007 on the Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change 


Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS) are one of the mechanisms being considered by policy makers as one of the ways to help reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

Whilst in Australia the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) is on hold for now, and that either way, agriculture is not yet to be considered for inclusion until a later date, such schemes will nonetheless have important implications for the agricultural sector.   

In April 2010, Namoi CMA hosted a forum in Tamworth to flesh out what the implications might be for an Emissions Trading Scheme for agriculture. There was a large turnout, with over 150 people attending the event, and there was much lively discussion of the issues at hand.

A series of speakers presented at the event, and their presentations are available below for all those who were unable to attend but would like to know more.

Keynote Address - Ms Edwina Heyhoe - ABARE

Optimising Carbon in the Landscape - Mr Peter Cosier - Wentworth Group

Carbon Grazing - Mr Alan Lauder - The Carbon Grazing Principle

Carbon Sequestration - Mr Ian McClelland - Birchip Cropping Group (To be loaded)

Mitigating Carbon Emissions - Prof. Annette Cowie - National Rural Greenhouse Gas Research centre

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