In 2007, the Government set up the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme as part of a plan of action to support the generation of new climate change knowledge across the agriculture and forestry sectors.
Over a busy decade, the programme has invested around $50 million in over 150 targeted basic, applied and policy research projects relating to climate change in the land-based production sectors. This booklet showcases examples of this SLMACC-supported research.
New Zealand’s economic prosperity relies on its natural environment and the primary production it supports. Climate change affects every one of New Zealand’s land-based producers (farmers, growers, foresters), and the communities that support them.
Given the challenges and unknowns posed by a warming planet, it is vital to invest in research to better understand the land-based sector’s future operating environment and, crucially, how a country like ours must adapt.
SLMACC is one of several streams of climate change work funded and managed through the Ministry for Primary Industries, and continues to play an important role in helping researchers, government and farmers better understand, adapt to and mitigate climate change effects in New Zealand’s primary sectors.