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.

With support from Food & Fibre Gippsland, Gippsland ADAPT is designed and facilitated by the CQUniversity Australia Agri-tech Education and Extension team.

The first Gippsland ADAPT Climate Adaptation Symposium was held in mid November over two days, and brought together classes of students to learn about how farmers and other agricultural businesses in the region are adapting to climate change.

The interactive, virtual symposium gave students the opportunity to learn directly from food and fibre producers about the challenges they face due to climate change and how they are adapting their business.

The project also includes a Climate Champions Program which provides a mentorship opportunity for students with a keen interest in climate change and to learn about how it is impacting food and fibre production.

Students selected to participate will be formed into groups of four and introduced to a mentor in the region who is actively undertaking climate adaptation activities in their business.

The mentors and students work together over four weeks of virtual meetings and an onsite visit to the mentors place of business.

Students will then make presentations to the other groups about how similar businesses could make changes to adapt to climate change.

To connect with the Gippsland ADAPT Project team, click here