Next week’s NZ Agricultural Climate Change Conference (NZACCC) being held in Palmerston North has had high numbers of registrants, which organisers believe reflects the increasing importance now being put on climate change mitigation in farming.
A total of 260 registrations have been received for the two-day event which has delighted the joint organisers, the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC), in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc). It will be held at the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre, 354 Main Street, on April 8-9, 2019.
The NZACCC will bring together scientists, government policy advisors, farmers and industry leaders to discuss the theme of meeting the challenges of climate change with respect to agriculture.
Presentations will be given by New Zealand science, industry and policy leaders, drawing on published scientific work and the research projects being conducted by the NZAGRC-PGgRc and by MPI’s Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme (SLMACC).
Among the presentations will be a release of a Nielsen survey on how farmers’ understanding of climate change and its impacts have changed over the last decade and how farmers are now viewing greenhouse gas mitigation efforts in agriculture.
Other presentations which raise the visibility and scope of climate change mitigation efforts include discussion of the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group’s recommendations on adapting to climate change, and a session on “what farmers can do now and what’s in the pipeline”.