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Five years for national climate change research coordination


Australian governments and primary industry research agencies have agreed in-principle to fund a national coordination, communication and collaboration network for climate change research on primary industries.

The Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCSRPI) program is a uniquely collaborative initiative, involving all the rural Research and Development Corporations, all state governments, the Australian Government, and the CSIRO, that provides research and development on climate change mitigation and adaptation to Australian producers.

The agreement by CCRSPI partners to fund the program for five years was announced at the Greenhouse 2009 conference in Perth today, as part of an address by the Executive Director of Land & Water Australia, Dr Michael Robinson.

Having already successfully invested in the design and delivery of a climate change research strategy for primary industries, CCRSPI will now deliver national research coordination and implementation of this strategy,” Dr Robinson said. “This is a great step forward for collaborative and coordinated research, extension and communication activities between all the partners involved. Land & Water Australia is proud to be a part of CCRSPI as an investor and manager of the program.”

Dr Robinson emphasised the value of collaboration and national coordination in enabling research to deliver outcomes that will most help producers meet the challenges of climate change.

The CCRSPI program is the first strategy to be implemented as part of the National Research Development and Extension (RDE) Framework, an initiative endorsed by the Primary Industries Ministerial Council and the Research and Development Corporations to develop national RDE strategies in 14 commodity sectors and seven cross-sectoral themes. The National RDE Framework recognises the importance of the national strategies to maximise outcomes from limited research resources and to address the challenges of global food security and the need to improve agricultural productivity growth, particularly during the global recession.

Australia’s increasingly variable climate is a major topic at the Greenhouse 2009 conference, particularly because of its implications for agricultural productivity. CCRSPI has identified climate variability and seasonal forecasting as key research needs to help producers adapt to climate change. The importance of cost-effective and continued investment in research has also been a recurring and prominent theme at the conference, of which Land & Water Australia, the Managing Climate Variability program and the CCRSPI network are all sponsors.

For further information about CCRSPI: lwa.gov.au/ccrspi .


Citation

Land & Water Australia. 2008. Five years for national climate change research coordination. [Online] (Updated October 12th, 2009)
Available at: http://lwa.gov.au/node/3064 [Accessed Wednesday 23rd of October 2013 09:46:27 PM ].

id: 3064 / created: 24 March, 2008 / last updated: 12 October, 2009