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Wong approves primary industry adaptation research network (PICCARN)

The Adaptation Research Network for Primary Industries announced yesterday will help Australia’s primary industries meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities presented by climate change.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong approved the proposal by Land & Water Australia to host the network, which will be convened by Professor Snow Barlow from the University of Melbourne, and led by a group of academics including four internationally recognised climate change and primary industries researchers.

It is critical that primary industries research is collaborative now, given the challenges of climate change and the need for agricultural productivity growth,” said Professor Barlow, Network Convenor and Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture at Melbourne University.

Land & Water Australia is an experienced coordinator and manager of collaborative research partnerships, and is managing the Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI), a highly successful joint initiative of government, scientists, and rural research agencies working together as funding partners.

Land & Water Australia will act as administrator of both CCRSPI and the Adaptation Research Network for Primary Industries. Aligning the two networks this way will be far more valuable than investing in a smaller network.

As a nation we must be prepared to ensure the long-term economic, environmental and social sustainability of Australia. Targeting research funds on shared priorities greatly helps this objective. The establishment of the Adaptation Research Network for Primary Industries under the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, with support from the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Griffith University, and Land & Water Australia, is a great step forward,” said Dr Owen Cameron, Network Coordinator and CCRSPI Program Manager.

This initiative will increase research capacity by bringing together researchers across the primary industries, and integrating primary industry research with the initiatives of the other NCCARF adaptation networks.  Importantly, the network can help link researchers with policy makers and users of research.

People on the ground want to understand what climate change means and hear about positive action that can be taken. Australian primary industries have shown they can adapt to one of the world’s most challenging climates. The Adaptation Research Network for Primary Industries will further support their efforts.”


Dr Owen Cameron
(02) 6263 6047

Prof Snow Barlow
0407 251 574


Land & Water Australia. 2009. Wong approves primary industry adaptation research network (PICCARN). [Online] (Updated April 8th, 2009)
Available at: [Accessed Wednesday 23rd of October 2013 11:37:27 PM ].

id: 3070 / created: 04 March, 2009 / last updated: 08 April, 2009