$3.1 million towards climate change research projects

Ooh, goody. More money for ag science.

Good, at least, for those working in the climate change area whose projects have been given an official nod of approval for Government funding.

The Ministry for Primary Industries today announced 13 research projects have received funding approvals totalling $3.1 million through its Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme.

SLMACC supports new climate change knowledge generation in the agriculture and forestry sectors for adaption, mitigation, and cross-cutting issues.

The ministry’s Director General, Martyn Dunne, said it’s essential to invest in research to better understand the future operating environment and how New Zealand should adapt.

“We set research priority topics each funding round based on themes areas we want to investigate further for the benefit of primary industries. We consult internal and external experts to determine those topics.”

This year there were 12 priority topic areas under the three themes:

  • impacts of climate change and adaption
  • mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • cross-cutting issues, including economic analysis, life-cycle analysis, farm catchment systems analysis, and social impact.

“We received an extremely high calibre of applicants and were very impressed with the proposed research topics. Each project will take up to 3 years to complete, and the findings will help researchers, government, and farmers better understand, adapt to and mitigate climate change effects in New Zealand’s primary sectors.

“At each project’s end, the full report will be made available on this website and the Climate Cloud website, and user friendly summaries will be made more widely available.”

More information can be found ..

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