​​Climate change adaptation reduces the negative effects of climate change and allows farmers and other land managers to capitalise on the new opportunities it presents.

The Australian Government’s climate change position paper: Adapting to Climate Change in Australia sets out the vision for adapting to the impacts of climate change.

To realise this vision, the government plays a key role in the provision of information and research funding to help farmers and other land managers prepare for and manage changes associated with climate change.

In relation to climate change adaptation: 

  • Filling the Research Gap, a key component of the Carbon Farming Futures program, is investing $7.9 million into climate change adaptation research projects. Outcomes from these projects will help the primary industries understand and adapt to a changing climate, including increased frequency of extreme weather events.
  • The department administered the four year initiative Australia’s Farming Future. The initiative delivered a range of activities to help primary producers adapt and respond to climate change.
  • Australia’s Farming Future’s Climate Change Research Program invested $11.5 million to the Adaptation Research Program. In addition, the Climate Change Research Program’s demonstration projects have tested adaptation strategies through modelling and on-farm demonstration activities. 
  • The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) is part of other national research initiatives that aim to generate the information needed by decision makers to effectively manage the risks of climate change impacts.

Climate Change Adaptation Links

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)
Department of the Environment
CSIRO – Climate Adaptation Flagship
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)
Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI)

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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