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Climate Change and Sustainability Planning

Climate Change and Sustainability Planning

Responding to climate change and sustainability is a global challenge that needs local solutions. It presents risks and opportunities for communities and businesses.

Seed is one of the most experienced climate change and sustainability planning firms in Australia. We have a strong track record that connects research outcomes with planning, decision making, policy development and stakeholder engagement.

We support Local and State Government, businesses, NRM organisations, and research and development institutes to develop and implement climate change adaptation and mitigation plans, with a focus on adaptive pathways analysis, vulnerability assessments and climate change communications. We also provide climate data analysis services and support for designing monitoring and evaluation programs.

Our sustainability planning work supports businesses, industry associations and communities to understand how to implement sustainability strategies and build and communicate a business case for change.

For examples of our sustainable food and wine systems projects check out:

•    Adapting Northern Adelaide
•    Resilient Hills and Coasts
•    Re-energising Port Adelaide Enfield community
•    Eyre Peninsula Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan
•    Building resilience to a changing climate in the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Region
•    Sustainable RAA

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Water and Natural Resource Management

Water and Natural Resource Management

Sustainably managing natural resources is essential for thriving businesses and healthy urban and rural communities. Seed has significant experience in planning and management of water resources and implementation of natural resource management (NRM) projects, resulting in positive environmental, economic and community outcomes.

We support farming enterprises, State and Local Government, natural resource management organisations and community groups with water and NRM focussed strategic planning, investigations, program and policy development, stakeholder engagement, workshop facilitation and project implementation.

We also work with Local Government and natural resource management organisations to better understand the amount and value of their urban forests, or “green infrastructure”.

For examples of our water and NRM projects check out:

•    Ridge Park i-tree Eco assessment and riparian rehabilitation
•    Northern Adelaide Plains Water Stocktake
•    Recycled water research for Goyder Institute & Renewal SA
•    Clare Valley SA Water Product
•    Barossa Region Water Adaptation Plan

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Sustainable Food and Wine Systems

Sustainable Food and Wine Systems

With a growing world population and greater pressure on natural resources, implementing sustainable food and wine production systems is vital. It is also internationally recognised as best practice for agribusiness.

Seed has over 40 years’ combined experience in the rural and agricultural sector in planning and management of agricultural water resources and implementation of environmental best practice quality management systems, resulting in positive business and sustainability outcomes.

We support farming enterprises, research and development organisations and State Government with strategic planning, program and policy development, aquifer pump testing, water allocation planning and consultation and wastewater irrigation management planning.

We are also one of Australia’s leading Freschcare environmental trainers.

For examples of our sustainable food and wine systems projects check out:

•    Taylors Wines - Sustainable wine and winegrape growing
•    Future food scenarios for the Northern Adelaide Plains
•    Sustainable Farming – Mid North South Australia
•    Freshcare Environmental Code Training

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Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

Increasing green infrastructure, particularly tree canopy cover, in urban areas is a globally recognised way for improving the liveability of cities for people and biodiversity. It can also increase the resilience of cities to urban heat island effects and climate change impacts. Achieving an adequate increase presents significant challenges for land managers and planners given competition for space from increasing urban development.

Seed has extensive experience in urban ecology and measuring and valuing green infrastructure. We are a leading practitioner of the i-Tree Canopy and i-Tree Eco tools which provide a user-friendly, repeatable, and readily applied approach to measuring and valuing the structure and function of urban forests and land cover.

We support local and State Governments, and organisations to better understand their current and historical trends in green infrastructure assets, build the business-case for green infrastructure, and develop strategies for future planning. We also provide services which spatially relate green infrastructure cover to other key urban dynamics, such as thermal hotspots and social vulnerability.

Examples of our green infrastructure projects include:

•    Ridge Park green infrastructure;
•    City of Charles Sturt land cover benchmark analysis;
•    City of Burnside land cover benchmark analysis;
•    Adapting Northern Adelaide Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan (Regional Audit); and
•    Port Adelaide Enfield biodiversity review.

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Strategy and Engagement

Strategy and Engagement

Decision making for sustainability is becoming increasingly complex. It requires an understanding of the science and technical aspects of issues, knowledge of the policy and legislative context and an ability to design solutions with stakeholder and community values in mind.

Seed supports businesses, State and Local Government, natural resource management organisations and community groups with strategic planning, problem definition scoping, project co-design, program and policy development, stakeholder engagement, workshop facilitation and project implementation.

For examples of strategy and engagement projects check out:

•    SA Climate Ready Communications and Engagement Strategy
•    Sustainable RAA
•    Growing opportunity in the food and manufacturing sector in Northern Adelaide  
•    Hill River Clare Estate

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