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$3.3M Climate Change adaptation research: Terrestrial Biodiversity

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December 3, 2010

$3.3M Climate Change adaptation research—Terrestrial Biodiversity The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet today released the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan: Terrestrial Biodiversity, and announced $3.3 million to address priority research outlined in the plan.

Mr Combet said that terrestrial biodiversity, the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, is considered to be an extremely vulnerable area in relation to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

Species and communities will be affected directly by changes such as reduced availability of water, higher temperatures and sea level rise, which will occur on top of existing pressures on natural systems, such as habitat loss or the incursion of invasive species.

The rate of these changes is likely to be too rapid for most species to adapt, which is why we need to urgently explore options for how we can manage terrestrial ecosystems and habitats to minimise the climate pressures on biodiversity and facilitate effective adaptation measures.

The $3.3 million to address priority research outlined in the plan will be available as seed-funding to attract collaborative and interdisciplinary research to address specific research priorities set out in the research plan.

Interested researchers are encouraged to apply for funding in this new round of grants under the Adaptation Research Grants Program by COB Friday 21 January 2011.

The research plan was developed by an expert panel involving broad ranging national consultation with key researchers, state and territory government agencies and industry stakeholders. It aims to coordinate research which will help government, industries and communities understand how the environment may respond to climate change and what can be done to better manage these impacts.

This will help reduce the costs of climate change to the Australian environment and the social and economic systems that depend on it.

Terrestrial Biodiversity is one of nine priority themes under the Australian Government’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. Others are Emergency Management, Primary Industries, Freshwater Biodiversity, Marine Biodiversity & Resources, Human Health,

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Settlements & Infrastructure, Social, Economic & Institutional Dimensions, and Indigenous communities.

For more information about the grants program and to download a copy of the Terrestrial Biodiversity research plan please visit

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