Australian Government

Farmers and researchers keen to close gaps in climate change research


Source: Australian Government

Projects to increase soil carbon are among more than 200 expressions of interest lodged by research and primary industries groups under the Rudd Government’s AUS$46.2 million Climate Change Research Program. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke welcomed the strong response and the wide range of proposals which could help to close critical gaps in research and development. The Climate Change Research Program is part of the Australia’s Farming Future initiative, designed to help primary producers and industries respond and adapt to climate change.

The more than 200 expressions of interest cover a range of projects, including in the priority areas of reducing carbon pollution, better soil management and adaptation to a changing climate.

“The Rudd Government is investing in research, to help our farmers prepare for the future challenge of climate change,” Mr Burke said.

“They have the most to lose in a changing climate, but could also benefit from significant opportunities if we improve resilience and productivity.

“We are asking farmers and researchers to work together to develop innovative new farming techniques in Australia.

“This program will focus on delivering the benefits of new research on-farm – not leaving it in a lab.

“Our farmers are already leading the way in sustainable land management and this $46.2 million will build on that good work.”

The Climate Change Research Program will encourage partnerships between research providers and farmers to put new technology to work on their properties.

In some cases, applications overlap and there may be potential for applicants to collaborate to deliver solutions to climate change.

The expressions of interest will be assessed by a panel with expertise in climate change and primary industries research.

Selected projects will be further developed into comprehensive proposals, which will then be considered for funding.

The Government expects the first projects will be underway early in 2009.

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