Annette Scott writes in the New Zealand Farmers Weekly about the effects climate change is expected to have on New Zealand: more warm years, droughts, and a higher risk of floods.
However, said Dr David Wratt (NIWA), New Zealand agriculture is more resilient to such changes than many other countries.
An excerpt: (read in full here)
“Building resilience in conjunction with adaptive management to current climate extremes would be a sensible start as the century progressed and further change was experienced, Wratt said.
“Long term planning of the country’s water resource taking in water storage and changing land use had to be part of the resilience building.
“It was not a cause for immediate panic but an eye had to be kept on where things were going and management adaption structured accordingly, Wratt warned.”