What role might algal farming play in contributing to solutions to a range of issues facing Australia including food security, fuel security and water degradation?
Our national wellbeing depends on the services provided by complex ecosystems. These benefits include food, fuel and fibre as well as the vital services such as water flows, nutrient cycling and biomass production that underpin all our production systems and lifestyles. Yet our actions are putting them under extreme pressure.
Climate change has been described as a diabolical issue because much of what we would like to know in order to manage the risks it presents is uncertain, the issues are complex and, without action, there is a potential for dangerous consequences. The challenges of climate change are exacerbated by the lack of understanding in the general community of the different goals of science and risk management, and by the nature of human behaviour and societal institutions and norms.
There are increasing pressures to develop the agricultural and mineral resources of Northern Australia. At the same time there is a need to protect the natural environment as well as enhancing the social, cultural and economic benefits for all Australians – particularly those who live in Northern Australia.