National climate change adaptation research plan primary industries: update report 2013

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Development of National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plans is a key function of NCCARF. These Plans (referred to as NARPs) are produced for nine key sectors where adaptation responses will be critical in safeguarding against climate risks to social, economic and environmental well-being. The Primary Industries NARP has been revisited in 2012 and priority research questions have been updated to ensure currency and to provide guidance for research investment over the next five years.

The purpose of a NARP is to identify priority needs over the next few years in developing knowledge on how governments, businesses and communities can best adapt to climate change risks. They provide a national blueprint for research investment by research organisations and knowledge user stakeholders. Development of NARPs involves the active participation of both the research community and adaptation knowledge users. The NARP for Primary Industries (Primary Industries NARP) (Barlow et al. 2011) is concerned with identifying priority research questions for primary industries climate change adaptation issues. The knowledge generated by research into these questions should prepare primary industries to take advantage of opportunities for primary industries that result from climate change and to reduce unavoidable detrimental climate change impacts.

Updated priority research questions are identified based on:
• Changes to stakeholder needs since the Primary Industries NARP was completed in 2010;
• Relevant research published since the Primary Industries NARP was completed; and
• Areas of current research focus in relation to the Primary Industries NARP.


Snow Barlow (University of Melbourne, Chair)
Richard Eckard (University of Melbourne)
Peter Grace (Queensland University of Technology)
Mark Howden (CSIRO)
Rod Keenan (University of Melbourne)
Ross Kingwell (WA Dept. of Agriculture and Food)
Richard McKellar (National Climate Change Adaptation and Research Facility)
Holger Meinke (University of Tasmania)
Craig Miller (E3Consult)
Lee Nelson (Commonwealth Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)
John Russell (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Qld)

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