The Climate Smart Agricultural Development (CSAD) project was a partnership project delivered by seven councils and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority in the Goulburn Valley region of northern Victoria.
The following pages provide information on the project and access to the project outputs, including:
- Technical report
- Mapping outputs
- Project plans
The project saw the development of a spatial assessment tool to model changes to regionally important agricultural commodities under the future impacts of climate change. This spatial tool has given the project participants the capacity to see the spatial and temporal changes to the production areas of seventeen important regional commodities, and for the first time provides a picture of likely future land use patterns.
The partnership project was funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) through its Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership Program, together with contributions from project partners.
Key organisations involved in governing the project were:
The spatial tool incorporates modelling based on topography, climate data (temperature and rain fall), soils (ph and texture) and crop requirements for seventeen different commodities. These commodities include a mixture of pastures, crops, timber, fruit and vegetables that represent both currently grown and potential commodity options for the Goulburn Broken region. The spatial tool produced maps of various commodity yield potentials, as a proxy for production suitability, under climate change scenarios out to 2030 and 2050.
The spatial tool identified areas of high inherent agricultural value based on yield potentials of a number of commodities and also identified shifts in production areas due to changes in climate (rainfall and temperature). This information can provide a platform to further investigate opportunities to enhance agricultural productivity in the region under a changing climate. Such opportunities are broad and range from investment attraction and new production areas to strategic planning and potentially statutory planning protection of valuable agricultural land into the future.
The maps produced by the spatial tool have been incorporated into project partners’ GIS systems, moving forward project partners can work to make these mapping resources public available through their own websites.