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National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan (NARP)

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan (NARP) for Marine Biodiversity and Resources identifies research required across Australia to inform policy development to help managers of coastal ecosystems and the marine environment and associated industries and communities prepare for the consequences of climate change.  The Plan provides a framework to guide research funding decisions and key directions for Australia’s marine research community and takes a sectoral approach to the identification of stakeholders and their priority information needs. The Plan is an important tool which focuses on aquaculture, commercial and recreational fisheries, conservation and tourism.

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NARP 2012 Update & Review

 
The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan (NARP) for Marine Biodiversity and Resources identifies research required across Australia to inform policy development to help managers of coastal ecosystems and the marine environment and associated industries and communities prepare for the consequences of climate change.

The first stage of the NARP review process was a comprehensive literature review update undertaken by Neil Holbrook (Network Convenor) and Johanna Johnson (C2O). The review identifies knowledge gaps; considers parliamentary commissions or other major reports where they are relevant to the NARP; and takes account of projects underway – in particular, NARP Adaptation Research Grants (NCCARF/FRDC) and any other relevant funded projects that were identified.

The approach adopted was primarily in four stages following the structure of the originally published NARP for Marine Biodiversity and Resources. These are:
- marine aquaculture
- commercial and recreational fishing
- marine conservation management
- marine tourism and recreational uses

The second stage consisted of Neil Holbrook working closely with Dr Richard McKellar (NCCARF) to lead the review and update of theNational Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan(NARP) for Marine Biodiversity and Resources . The NARP update drafting process was undertaken by a team comprising of: Neil Holbrook (Marine Adaptation Network Convenor; Chair of the NARP update team), Colin Creighton (FRDC), John Robertson (Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation), Huong Vu (Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency) and Richard McKellar (NCCARF). The Secretariat in the process was Frank Stadler (NCCARF). The draft updated Marine NARP was sent to an invited list of around 30 or so, key marine stakeholders (including industry and government representatives) for external review. Comments and recommendations from the stakeholder review were carefully considered by the NARP update team, and addressed as far as possible.

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NCCARF National Adaptation Research Plan: Marine Biodiversity - video

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Fund NCCARF has developed an overview of research priorities to help Australia better adapt to climate change regarding the diversity and health of life in the marine environment. The NCCARF National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plans are an important tool for coordinating climate change adaptation research across Australia. The plans identify critical gaps in the information available to decision-makers in key vulnerable sectors and regions, set national research priorities, and identify science capacity that could be harnessed to conduct priority research.

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The writing team was lead by:
Prof Bruce Mapstone (ACE CRC) (Chair)
Dr Peter Appleford (Victorian Fisheries)
Dr Kathleen Broderick (GBRMPA)
A/Prof Rod Connolly (Griffith University)
Dr John Higgins (DCCEE)
Dr Alistair Hobday (CSIRO)
Prof Terry Hughes (James Cook University)
Dr Paul Marshall (GBRMPA)
Prof Jan McDonald (NCCARF)
Marie Waschka (NCCARF)

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