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AN ENGAGED group of grapegrowers and winemakers took the opportunity to get involved in future trends in environmental management in Adelaide last week. The seventh Australian Wine Industry Environment Conference was facilitated by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) and staged at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide.
Those who attended had the opportunity to hear from – and meet – the key decision makers in this area. The theme of the one-day conference was ‘better management of the environment is just plain smart business’ and the program was divided across three topics – water, energy and adaptation.
The challenges of climate change for winemaking and grapegrowing businesses are real and Aysha Fleming, a social scientist working in the Science into Society group of the CSIRO, told those attending they need to understand the risks and develop their own approach and response.