Water Conservation Back On The Agenda

Water, Storage, Tanks, and Data

In a world with ever changing climate conditions, more and more studies are being undertaken in relation to climate change and water conservation.  Focus has shifted even further afield with studies being undertaken into how farmers are capturing and storing rainwater to determine best processes.  Pioneer Water Tanks are on the front line when it comes to providing an optimal solution.

Windhoek-With studies having shown that more rainwater is stored in water tanks underground on farms with bush thinning compared to farms with none, and with a poor grazing conditions, the challenges now are how Namibian producers can use these advantages and how international consumers can get the assurance that the meat bought at a bonus is produced in the right manner.

Can Incentives Assist?

This observation was made recently by Mecki Schneider, a farmer from Grootfontein and former president of the Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) when talks with interested parties in the commercial area to propose any incentives that will promote conservation of rangeland, water and game were held last week.

Schneider and Johan Britz of the Cheetah Conservation Fund were the guest speakers. Schneider focused on the fact that most rural towns in Namibia are dependent on underground water and conservation inputs of farmers have a direct influence on the availability of underground water for these towns.

Conservation of water and game, however, starts with the improvement of the rangeland condition of the land. The aim is to collect the opinions of commercial farmers throughout the country and a short questionnaire will be sent out in due course with the support of the various involved organisations to get the opinions of producers.

The survey will also be used as input for the discussions about the new Protected Areas and Wildlife Management Bill of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. All interested parties agreed that commercial conservancies managed by the landowners themselves would play an important role in facilitating incentives for conservation in future.

Current Climate Change Events

Outback Queensland is set to bake on Wednesday, with Birdsville set to challenge the record for Australia’s hottest-ever spring day.

According to the Australian, The mercury in Birdsville is forecast to peak at 43C, just shy of Australia’s spring record of 43.1C set in Roebuck, outside Broome in Western Australia, in 2003.

The weather bureau says Birdsville is in with a chance of breaking that record, which was set on the same date, September 27, 14 years ago.

Other towns in Queensland’s channel country will not be far behind Birdsville, with Bedourie, Boulia, Quilpie, Thargomindah and Windorah headed for 42C as another spring heatwave sweeps parts of the state.

Temperatures in outback NSW are also set to smash the weekend’s state heat record for September, with the mercury predicted to reach 41C at Bourke today.

Regions north of the outback town up to the Queensland border could even reach 42C, the weather bureau says.

The NSW town of Wilcannia hit 40.5C on Saturday, breaking the state’s September heat record.

“After today, temperatures in Bourke will fall back from potentially 41 degrees to 28 degrees on Thursday,” a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said.

The Way Forward

As further research develops, local farmers and land owners will need to continue the battle for water with current water tank and water tank storage solutions.  Whilst debate ranges on both sides of the argument, it is those front and centre in the harsh outback that are most at risk.  These Aussie battlers will continue to put their best foot forward as they attempt to conserver water and continue to live on the land they love.