Adapt Grampians is delivering projects and initiatives to build the capacity of regional communities to adapt to climate change.
Grampians Region Climate Adaptation Strategy
The Victorian Government wants to help regional communities adapt to the impacts of climate change through the Supporting Our Regions to Adapt program.
The program will help communities build their resilience to climate change and recognises that the impacts of climate change on communities differs, depending on where you live in Victoria, and so adaptation action needs to be tailored for each region. It will engage stakeholders from across government, industry and the community to identify and drive adaptation action.
This will be achieved through the development of a strategic Regional Climate Adaptation Strategy (RCAS). The Strategy will identify barriers, drivers and issues and assist regional stakeholders to direct their activities by identifying priorities, gaps and needs for the region.
The aims of the RCAS include:
- build a shared understanding of regional vulnerability to climate change;
- foster regional action, innovation and ownership;
- ensure that tailored initiatives and projects are delivered to support regional communities, particularly those most vulnerable, to prepare for and adapt to climate change; and
- build and strengthen relationships with regional stakeholders to support effective and coordinated adaptation action.
The RCAS will have a 5-year time frame and be completed by July 2021. The first Yearly Delivery Plan was completed at the beginning of 2020 and included funding of key community adaptation projects (below) identified by the Regional Climate Adaptation Group (RCAG).
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Regional Climate Adaptation Groups
Local organisations and community members have a vital role to play in guiding the development of the Grampians Region Climate Adaptation Strategy.
The Regional Climate Adaptation Groups (RCAGs) were formed in 2019 in the Wimmera and Central Highlands districts through an EOI process and include members with connections in agriculture, biodiversity, economy, fire, health & wellbeing, heat, storms & flooding and water.
The RCAG members will continue to connect with organisations, networks and communities to ensure climate adaptation planning in the Grampians region is led by the community.
2020 Yearly Delivery Plan Projects
Webcam – early fire protection feasibility study
Lead organisation – Wimmera Development Association (WDA)
This project will examine the effectiveness of an existing web camera on Mt. Elephant currently operated by the local CFA, in detecting fires and monitoring weather events.
Currently fires are either spotted by fire lookouts or reports from the public. Lookouts are generally staffed eight hours a day, whereas web cameras will allow agency staff and the public to watch for fires at any time.
The outcomes of this project include consulting with the CFA, SES, Police, Bureau of Meteorology and DELWP; obtain estimates of installation and maintenance costs and recommend suitable sites for a small number of cameras to be installed in a future demontration project.
Integrated Water Management Planning for small towns
Lead organisation – Golden Plains Shire
IWM plans have been produced for a number of medium to large towns across Victoria, however there are many small towns in the Central Highlands region that are not covered by a dedicated IWM plan.
In 2019, a group of Councils (Central Goldfields, Golden Plains, Moorabool & Pyrenees), Central Highlands Water and DELWP worked together to develop guidelines for everyone in the region to use, which will help implement works that align with IWM principles.
This project will take this opportunity to make the guidelines more accessible and expand the plans to create exemplar projects in towns across the Central Highlands region.
Goldfields Little Creeks Climate Adaptation Restoration Guide
Lead organisation – Bunanyung Landscape Alliance
The Goldfields Little Creeks region has hundreds of linear kilometres of small, headwater streams, running through peri-urban and agricultural land. Headwater streams have a number of important ecological roles, including natural corridors for wildlife; amenity for local communities; filter pollution; and provide cool refugia for biota in a future warmer climate.
This project will develop a strategy to revegetate creeks with climatically-appropriate indigenous vegetation in order to promote shading and water retention.
Risk, Profitability & Resilience in changing climate
Lead organisation – STIPA Native Grasses Association Inc
Under all climate change scenarios, agricultural businesses will face increased risk due to temperature stress, drought, floods, heatwaves, frost, fires, and a changed distribution of weeds, pests and diseases.
This project enables people to adopt and manage for climate change induced risk in their farm businesses and to manage for profit and resilience. Research and reports continue to reinforce that although not the most lucrative, mixed farming enterprises have lower risk and a greater level of flexibility to adapt to constantly changing circumstances.
The training will focus on mixed farming enterprises in the 300-400mm rainfall regions. The project will take approximately 10 to 30 participants through a series of full day workshops, online webinars, and program support to increase their skills in climate adaptation.
Landscape genomic analyses of Grampians Region biodiversity
Lead organisation – Deakin University
Climate change and habitat disturbances continue to threaten the persistence of biodiversity in both aquatic and land ecosystems. Conservation of natural biodiversity relies largely on the protection and connectivity of key bioregions and refugia, and management strategies that maximise the environmental resilience of native flora and fauna.
This project will provide a multispecies map of genetic structure for the Grampians Region, enabling land managers to identify contemporary patterns of connectivity among wildlife communities, isolated and genetically depauperates species populations in need of intervention, and genetically diverse refuge that require prioritisation for protection.
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