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Oct 18, 2018

In episode 76 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons takes a journey to Queensland, Australia to learn how Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies are adapting to climate change. Learn how these unique organizations are engaging with their rural communities on this important topic. Doug talks with experts from these NRM bodies ; aboriginal efforts at adaptation and carbon sequestration; and hear from two long time outback ranchers on what it means to work the land, how climate change is impacting that landscape and how to engage with rural communities. It’s an amazing episode with some truly unique Australian characters.

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Topics covered

  • Natural Resource Management bodies and their role in Queensland
  • The role of NRM bodies in climate adaptation.
  • Challenges of bringing various sectors, e.g., agriculture and conservation, sector together.
  • First nation efforts at adaptation and carbon sequestration.
  • Life on a cattle and sheep ranch in outback Australia.
  • Making inroads on climate adaptation in rural communities.
  • The Great Barrier Reef hurts inland adaptation.
  • And other stories of climate adaptation in the Outback!

Experts in this episode:

Andrew Drysdale, recently the Executive Officer, NRM Queensland
Rowan Foley, General Manager of The Carbon Fund, Wondunna clan of the Badtjala people, Traditional Owners of Fraser Island
Samantha Morris, Managing Director of Wombat Creative and Blank Gold Coast Editor
Bob Speirs, Advisor on climate risk, natural resource and environmental management
Ann Ballinger, Retired rancher and former board member Desert Channels
Peter Douglas
, Retired Grazer and former Chair of Desert Channels Queensland.

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