Document library

This digital library of resources is aimed at helping primary producers and businesses understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change.

Each resource summarises a climate change risk assessment, impact assessment or adaptation research project funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries’ SLMACC programme.

Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) programme

Individual projects funded by SLMACC are led by a range of expert bodies, including Crown Research Institutes, universities and industry organisations.

Showing 10-18 of 27 documents

Tapping into a tradition of adaptation in a warming world
Summary of results of a 2009 study (published in a 2012 report) by CRIs and DairyNZ into ways in which the primary sector can adapt to climate variability and uncertainty by building resilience and reducing vulnerability.
January 2018

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Climate change will affect planted forests in New Zealand
Advice from SCION on the expected general impacts – both positive and negative – of climate change on the forestry sector. Impacts will vary from region to region.
May 2012


Forests and Climate Change: Wind damage
Information from SCION on the expected increase in risk to forests from severe windstorms as the climate changes. Summarises knowledge and strategies that foresters will need in order to manage such risk.
May 2012

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Forests and climate change: High intensity rain
Summary of practices recommend by SCION to address the impacts of intense rainfall events on forestry. Such events are predicted to become more frequent in New Zealand. Potentially damaging impacts include erosion, flooding and sediment/debris flows.
May 2012

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Forests and climate change: Pests, diseases and weeds
Information from SCION on the expected increase in risk to planted forests from pests, diseases and weeds as the climate changes. Outlines the steps foresters will need to take to manage such risks.
May 2012

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Rural Fire Research Update: Future fire danger
Overview of a 2011 study by the SCION Rural Fire Research Group that aimed to improve estimates of the effects of climate change on fire danger in New Zealand in the 2040s and 2090s. Results of the study indicate that fire climate severity is likely to rise significantly in many parts of the country.
November 2011

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Case study
Energy efficiency: Work platforms aid intensive apple orchard sustainability
Describes how Richard and Sue Hoddy of Nelson are preparing their apple orchard for the challenges of climate change. They are employing a range of strategies to adjust to a predicted longer growing season with fewer frosts, as well as more frequent droughts, heatwaves and storms.
December 2010

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Case study
Reducing risk: Combining complementary farming blocks in different climatic zones
Describes how Oamaru beef and sheep farmers, Ross and Jackie Beckingsale, use twin blocks of land in close proximity but different climate zones to provide flexibility and resilience. By working the blocks as a complementary system, business risks and local climatic challenges are better managed.
December 2010

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Case study
Central Otago orchard: Maintaining a competitive advantage
Describes how Central Otago mixed-crop orchardist, Harry Roberts, is adapting his business in anticipation of climatic changes and to maintain a late-season market niche. Harry’s actions are informed by experiences in similar Southern Hemisphere late-season horticultural regions.
November 2010

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