In a carbon, energy and water-constrained world, the competition for water and carbon management on farms will greatly intensify in the coming decade. Utilising available water to produce food and fibre will be in increasing competition with biofuel production, carbon sequestration, and ecosystem services.
This forum will concentrate on the facts about changes in Australia’s climate and focus on the facts regarding carbon cycling on farms and in agricultural systems. In addition, there will be presentations on possible carbon emission and mitigation scenarios on farm, as well as consideration of the potential economic, environmental and social impacts for farmers and rural communities.
Professor Peter Grace
Professor Grace is the Professor of Global Change at Queensland University of Technology. He is an agro-ecologist and natural resource management specialist, with over 15 years international experience in carbon cycling, greenhouse gas emissions and agricultural risk management in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Dr Mark Howden
Dr Mark Howden is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra, Australia. He is also the leader of the ‘Adaptive Primary Industries and Enterprises’ theme in the new CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, and has recently been involved with the new Agricultural Sustainability Initiative in CSIRO and the PM’s report on adaptation to climate change.
Mr Andrew Campbell
Andrew Campbell was the former Executive Director of Land & Water Australia (March 2000 - December 2006). He has a farming, forestry and extension background and was previously a senior executive in the Australian Government, responsible for the Bushcare program. He was instrumental in the development of Landcare in Australia through his role as Australia’s first National Landcare Facilitator from 1989 - 92 and as Manager of the Potter Farmland Plan initiative from 1984 - 89.
Dr Jeff Baldock
Dr Jeff Baldock leads the Soil Process and Function stream within the Managing Australia’s Soil and Landscape Assets theme. He has been involved in research related to the chemistry and dynamics of organic matter (specifically carbon and nitrogen) in agricultural, forest and marine ecosystems. Dr. Baldock has studied the chemistry and functions of organic matter across a range of natural environments including agricultural soils, forest soils and litters, and marine, lacustrine and riverine sediments.