Gippsland ADAPT is a program to build capacity in Gippsland youth to respond to climate change impact on food and fibre production. 

By engaging young people in the region via online learning modules, a symposium and the Climate Champion program, Gippsland ADAPT will build the awareness of innovative climate adaptation activities occurring within the Food and Fibre industry. Students will be equipped with knowledge to share throughout their networks (peers, family, school community) and implement it throughout their future decision making and career pathways. 

The program is funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Gippsland ADAPT is designed and facilitated by the CQUniversity Australia Agri-tech Education and Extension team with support from Food & Fibre Gippsland

Climate change in Gippsland

According to the Victorian Climate Projections Report 2019, there have already been significant changes in Victoria due to climate change. 

Multiple lines of evidence indicate the global climate has changed predominantly due to human activity, and changes are projected to continue.

Food and fibre producers are now trying to adapt to these drastic changes in how they farm.

SOURCE: Clarke JM, Grose M, Thatcher M, Round V & Heady C. 2019. Gippsland Climate Projections 2019. CSIRO, Melbourne Australia.

Victoria’s temperature increased by just over 1°C between 1910 and 2018 and will result in temperatures in Gippsland increasing.

Annual rainfall in Gippsland is likely to decline by 15%.

As warming continues, scientists expect more heat extremes in the decades to come.

Sea levels are expected to continue rising through the 21st century