Adapting to climate change in hill country Hawke’s Bay – 2008 to 2010
Working with Hawke’s Bay farmers to document how they’ve responded to recent droughts, look at options for the future, and share information more widely with farmers in the region. This is a two year project, funded principally by the MAF Sustainable Farming Fund with additional support from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
Four fact sheets and three farmer case studies have been produced from this project:
Fact sheet 1: Climate Change in Hawke’s Bay
Fact sheet 2: Grazing Management
Fact sheet 3: Water, Infrastructure, Trees
Fact sheet 4: Farm Resilience for the Future
Case study 1: Williams Hill, Puketitiri
Case study 2: Taharoa Trust, Mahia Peninsula
Case study 3: Mangarara Station, Elsthorpe
Voices from the earth: Grassroots perspectives on climate change from Asia to Europe – 2007 to present, ongoing
An on-going film project focused on documenting the perspectives of farmers and village leaders on climate change.
Adaptation fact sheets for agriculture – 2009
Development of fact sheets on climate change and its effects, three farmer case studies, and a bulletin on climate change and adaptation for the kiwifruit industry. Contributions to the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as part of their Climate Change Plan of Action programme.
Adaptation fact sheets for urban environments – 2009
Development of four adaptation case studies, presented as fact sheets, for the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.
Adaptation of lowland/coastal dairy farming in the Bay of Plenty -2008/09
Facilitation of adaptation workshops with dairy farmers in eastern Bay of Plenty. A summary fact sheet was produced followed by a final workshop and field day. Funded by the MAF Sustainable Farming Fund, and Environment Bay of Plenty.
Guidance manual on climate change – 2004 and 2008
Contribution to a guidance manual on climate change effects and impacts assessment for local government in New Zealand.
Adapting to climate change in the kiwifruit industry – 2008
A report on adaptation in the kiwifruit industry, based on in-depth interviews with twenty kiwifruit growers in the Bay of Plenty region. Funded through the MAF Climate Change Plan of Action Research Programme 2007/08.
UNFCCC adaptation workshop – 2007
Participation, as a New Zealand MAF representative, at UNFCCC Workshop on Adaptation Planning and Practices under the Nairobi Work Plan on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change, held in Rome, September 2007.
Adapting to climate change in the Bay of Plenty – 2006
Facilitation of adaptation workshops with kiwifruit growers and staff from Environment Bay of Plenty. Contracted by Environment Bay of Plenty.
Third Assessment Report of the IPCC – 2006
Contributor to the Australia/NZ chapter.
Background paper on adaptation – 2006
Preparation of a background paper on adaptation as part of a sustainability review by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.
Changing attitudes and practice for farming dry land in Marlborough – 2006
Provision of the climate change adaptation and resilience context for a Sustainable Farming Fund project in the Starborough/Flaxbourne area of Marlborough. A week of consultations with farmers and others in the area was completed in April 2006 and recommendations for wider community engagement were made.
Biotic effects of climate change in Bay of Plenty – 2005/06
Completion of a report on the potential effects of climate change on biosecurity, biodiversity and agriculture in the Bay of Plenty region. Contracted by Environment Bay of Plenty.
Adapting to climate change in eastern New Zealand – 2003 to 2005
Development and implementation of a ground-breaking two-year project on adaptation with farmers in eastern regions of New Zealand. Principally funded by the Sustainable Farming Fund with additional funding from eight other organizations.
Climate change impact summaries for New Zealand regions – 2002
Preparation of climate change impact summaries for the New Zealand Climate Change Project (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC)).
Organic resource guides – 2001 to 2003
Management of a two-year project that led to development and publication of four organic resource guides, founded on the knowledge and experience of practising organic farmers. Funded by a Sustainable Farming Fund project.
Climate Change and Land Management in Hawke’s Bay: A pilot study on adaptation – 2001/02
Completion of a pilot project on adaptation, involving informal interviews with 40 farmers, growers and others in Hawke’s Bay. Co-funded by the Ministry for the Environment and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
Effects of climate change on agriculture in New Zealand – 2001
Completion of an overview of the likely impacts of climate change on New Zealand agriculture. Contracted by the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.
Contributions to projects at the International Global Change Institute (1993 to 2000)
The CLIMPACTS Programme – 1993 to 2001
A significant intellectual input to the shaping of the CLIMPACTS integrated model system, which has now been commercialized by my former colleague. Responsible over eight years for the day-to-day management of this research programme, involving five Crown Research Institutes and two Universities.
Vulnerability and adaptation case studies – 1999/2000
Coordinator of climate change vulnerability and adaptation case studies in Fiji and Kiribati as a contribution to a World Bank Regional Economic Report
The PICCAP Programme – 1998 to 1999
Coordinator and provider of professional training and technical assistance on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change as part of the Pacific Island Climate Change Assistance Programme (PICCAP). Work included assistance in preparation of national vulnerability and adaptation statements for Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu as part of their reporting to the UNFCCC.
Climate and sea-level change in Bangladesh – 1995 to 1998
A team member, in partnership with colleagues from Bangladesh, in a project to assess the implications of climate change for the environment and people of Bangladesh. Funded by the Ford Foundation.
Work completed at the Environment Change Unit, Oxford University (1991 to 1992)
The effects of climate change on agriculture and horticulture in Europe
A two-year, EU-funded project, to examine the effects of climate change on agriculture and horticulture in Europe. Responsible for a component of the research and the day-to-day management, which involved coordinating contributions from 9 research institutes from 6 EU member countries. Lead editor of the final report and special journal issue in the European Journal of Agronomy.