Climate change: risks and opportunities in nursery production©

L. Burton
The purpose of my presentation is to bring some of the latest information to you about the predicted impacts of climate change on South Africa, with a particular focus on how it may affect the nursery industry. Plant growth is driven by environmental factors, and so any change to the environment will impact on production and therefore our livelihood as growers of living products.
Everyone here has heard of climate change and you will all have your own opinions about the issue and possible solutions. After a while, hearing about climate change can become like background noise; too big a problem to be able to directly relate to your own life and business decisions. So while most people acknowledge that climate change is happening, it’s difficult to prioritise time to plan how to handle these impacts.
There’s no doubt that many of the predicted changes are worrying but I also want to talk about some of the opportunities that are unique to our involvement in nursery production. We all need to engage with climate issues and I believe there are many opportunities for growers to increase their production while also taking a leading role providing green solutions in their communities.
Burton, L. (2017). Climate change: risks and opportunities in nursery production©. Acta Hortic. 1174, 5-12
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1174.3

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