A group led by SAERI and including FIT as Agricultural Advisor have just been successful in their Darwin Plus project bid –Soil map and online database as climate change mitigation for the Falkland Islands.
This is a logical follow-on to the climate change project. FIT role in this project will be for consultant Jim McAdam to act as Agricultural Advisor. This will involve transferring the outcomes from the TEFRA project and putting them into practice in the current project, in particular towards the assessment of erosion extent, risk and mitigation measures. This will involve engaging local stakeholders, especially farmers, and helping the Project Manager to understand their needs and how to answer them. We will verify and refine the erosion risk maps for some sample farms. Prof McAdam will be starting the planning for this project with SAERI staff during his forthcoming visit to the Falklands.
An Awayday was held by the Trust on 19th September 2017, to debate future strategy. It was hosted at The Herbarium, Kew Gardens by one of our partners in the EU BEST Climate Change project, Dr Colin Clubbe who also presented on behalf of Falklands Conservation . Key presentations were made by
- Our Consultant, Jim McAdam, on FIT projects;
- David Tatham on the role of the Shackeleton Scholarship Fund;
- David Walton on Antarctic issues
- Paul Brickle on the role of SAERI,
- Sukey Cameron on FI Government Priorities
Our Patron HRH Princess Alexandra attended and was presented by Jim McAdam with a copy of his 25th Anniversary Report on the Alexandra Wood.
In July 2017, along with Falklands Conservation, FIG Department of Agriculture and Agronomist Enrique Frers, the Trust presented a poster(attached) at the annual “ Farmer’s Week” meetings to promote the idea of transferring the technology of a mechanical Tussac Grass planter to the Falklands.
The Trust’s consultant, Jim McAdam visited the Falklands in February and March 2017. He participated in the soil survey project led by Rodney Burton ( a Shackleton Scholarship project), gave a public lecture on The Falkland Islands Trust and had discussions on other projects the Trust is participating in.
Trust’s consultant contributed to a scientific paper in the prestigious scientific journal Plos One.
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Native Plant Distributions in the Falkland Islands
Jim McAdam gave a presentation “THE RESPONSE OF A SMALL ISLAND STATE TO 1.5°C CLIMATE CHANGE – THE EXAMPLE OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS” at a major climate change conference in University of Oxford on behalf of the Falkland Islands Government.
Jim McAdam has just returned from a 2 –week visit to the Falkland Islands and southern Chile under the auspices of the United Kingdom Falkland Islands Trust.
While in the islands Jim gave a public lecture on the potential implications of climate change on agriculture and visited the Government Research Farm at Saladero. There he saw some shelterbelt plantations he had been instrumental in initiating almost 20 yrs ago, reseeding trials and native pasture utilisation. Local conservation organisation Falklands Conservation was keen to show Jim trials using native grasses to restore some heavily (very!) eroded areas. He also met with the Governor, The Rt Hon Colin Roberts, Director of Education, Tom Hill , Head of the Dept of Agriculture Ian Campbell, Senior Agronomist Adam Dawes and Head of Renewable Energy Resources in FIDC, Andrew Crighton.
In Chile he and, Dr Sergio Radic visited some plots where Tussac Grass grass (Poa flabellata) has been used to enhance current forage quality.
The Trust’s consultant, Jim McAdam gave a remote presentation to a group of farmers in the Falklands on the potential of climate change of agriculture in the Islands, as part of Farmer’s Week 2015. Farmer’s Week is an annual gathering of stakeholders concerned with agriculture in the Falkland Islands.