The Queensland Government released Agriculture and Tourism Sector Adaptation Plans in 2017 and 2018 respectively. These plans help to prioritise climate change adaptation activities at a state level. Growcom has conducted a Climate Risk Assessment focusing on Bowen that considers risks and looks at adaptation options.
In short, this research will provide guidance to the Council and stakeholders on how they can best assist key industries to adapt and build resilience to a changing climate.
Research and data sharing are a key focus of the Whitsunday Climate Change Innovation Hub. With agriculture (sugarcane, grazing and horticulture) and tourism being identified as two of the three pillars of our economy, this project considers the resilience of the Whitsunday Region’s industry to climate change.
The project will provide the Hub and Council with data about the perceptions of industry representatives. The data will be used to assist Council make strategic decisions about where to focus its assistance, where to invest, when and how and which actions to prioritise in assisting industry in the region.
Interviews have been completed with local businesses representing the sugarcane, grazing, horticulture and tourism sectors.
The Hub will be working with researchers and students from James Cook University.
This project aims to understand:
How regional industry representatives perceive risk and opportunities presented by climate change
The level of progress towards mitigation and adaptation in each industry
What role Council and the Hub, has in assisting key industries to adapt and respond to climate change