Posted 2nd June 2015
Kanjini Co-Op's Adler Hill property is most resilient to climate change
|JCU university recently published
a large study looking at which areas of Australia are
most resilient and which ones are least resilient to future
They used eighteen global climate change models and four
different greenhouse gas emission scenarios to identify those
areas which are likely to be climatically and experiencing the
lowest animal species loss, looking at the vulnerability of
1700 animal species.
The main purpose of the study was to identify private
properties which will best support wildlife 70 years from now,
even under a relatively severe climate change scenario.
The map on the left rates the climate resilience of private
properties in Queensland, with the most resilient ones shown
in dark green and the least resilient ones shown in dark red.
Protected areas and reserves are left in grey.
Assoc Prof VanDerWal said the map was produced with an eye to
finding areas where wildlife refuges would be most effective.
“These areas would likely still support wildlife populations
regardless of how much the climate changes under these
worst-case scenarios.” he said.
Apparently the next stage of the process involves the
government acquiring the land that’s the most efficient and
effective in improving the future resilience of existing and
new state parks, or involving land owners in the Nature Assist
Program that helps them to conserve the species on their land.
|If we zoom into the Cairns area of
the above map, we can fairly easily make out our Adler Hill
property. Remember we bought three properties making up the
old Adler Hill Holding, Lot 66, 67 and 68.
Lot 68 is the easiest to find, it is all of the dark green
patch closest to Cairns and the coast. Lot 67 is the first
part of the next dark green patch immediately to the west (I
have added the approximate boundary line in black), and lot 66
is the yellow bit between the two.
It makes us feel very blessed to have one of the most climate
resilient private properties in Australia, and that it is the
closest to Cairns is a nice bonus. We expect a letter or phone
call soon about the Nature Assist Program... :-)
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