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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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Student Research Support Grant


image“The next generation of marine climate change adaptation researchers will be key to the effective development of innovative and effective ways to respond to and and/or anticipate the range of likely climate change trajectories, given international policy decisions and frameworks, and/or public and industry responses to future changes in carbon emissions.” - Convenor, Assoc Prof Neil Holbrook

The Marine Adaptation Network has awarded research support grants to honours and masters students studying in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The grant scheme provides funding for honours and masters students to cover research costs of selected eligible projects focused on climate change adaptation in Marine Biodiversity and Resources. For further information contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 03 6226 2134.

View the 2010, 2011 & 2012 funded recipients.

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Adaptation Research Projects

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan (NARP) for Marine Biodiversity and Resources identifies research priorities in five sectoral areas: marine aquaculture, commercial and recreational fishing, conservation management, tourism and recreational uses, and cross cutting issues. The NARP, developed by NCCARF, is supporting 14 adaptation research projects currently underway which are responding to these priorities.  These projects are funded through partnership between the DCCEEand the FRDC with the Network involved in the dissemination of project updates through the Marine Adaptation Bulletin, Information Sheets and Flyers.

Download a brief summary of the Adaptation Research Project’s progress as of June 2011.
Download the Adaption Research Project Flyers.

If you would like further information regarding the Adaptation Research Projects please contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (03) 6226 2134. 

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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.

View the video (2:07)

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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