NCCARF Newsletter - December 2014
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December 2014 

Director's message

Professor Jean Palutikof, NCCARF Director

A new start!

NCCARF is delighted to let the adaptation community know that we are back in business, with a new contract from the Australian government, through the Department of the Environment, which started in mid-October.  The project runs until 30 June 2017, and is to a value of $8.8 million.
The main areas of work are around coastal management under climate change and sea-level rise.  A particular focus is to provide knowledge and support for adaptation decision making by local governments and businesses throughout Australia operating in the coastal zone.
NCCARF’s objective in Phase 2 is to improve the quality, relevance and useability of information that will assist decision makers manage climate change risks. The funding agreement describes the three main areas of activity as follows:
  1. To deliver a tool to guide local and state governments and other organisations make better decisions about managing risks from coastal climate change;
  2. To produce and deliver relevant and accessible climate adaptation material synthesising research information for policy and decision makers; and
  3. To operate four adaptation research networks in natural ecosystems, settlements and infrastructure, social, economic and institutional dimensions, and vulnerable communities (including human health).
Outcomes sought from the funding are to:
  1. Deliver effective knowledge transfer from the adaptation research community into policy agencies and decision makers to build Australia’s capacity to manage future climate risks, particularly in the coastal zone;
  2. Strong endorsement of synthesis information and tools from users, particularly from coastal users that supports its uptake and application among policy and decision makers; and
  3. Maintain Australia’s adaptation research capacity and strengthen the capacity of adaptation information end-users in Australia to use adaptation research outputs, through the continued support of four adaptation networks.
NCCARF is currently building staff numbers by making four new appointments, as well as seeking to identify hosts for the four networks, some of whom will be familiar to you from Phase 1.  We have already organised and run a large Kick-Off Meeting to inform stakeholders about this new activity and to begin the process of consultation around the key deliverables – see a report elsewhere in this Newsletter.  After the holiday, we expect to meet many of you at regional consultation meetings we will be organising around the nation between February and April.  We will be reorganising the website to make it fit for purpose for Phase 2. So please keep an eye on all these developments – we need your input to make the project a success.  

Climate Adaptation 2016 

Save the date!

Following on from the highly successful Climate Adaptation 2014 national conference, NCCARF and CSIRO are delighted to announce the next national Climate Adaptation Conference will be held from 5-7th July 2016. We are yet to settle on the location, but will have more information, including a website, next year.

For updates, visit the NCCARF home page

NCCARF Phase 2 Kick-off meeting


On 24-25th November, NCCARF brought together key government, NGO, private sector and research community stakeholders in Melbourne to discuss plans for NCCARF Phase 2. With over 60 attendees, the meeting was an excellent opportunity to gather input from a wide range of stakeholders and viewpoints on three of NCCARF’s key early deliverables:
  • The draft State-of-Play Report, outlining the current state-of-play in research and implementation around coastal management under climate change.
  • A user needs analysis. 
  • A Development Plan for the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Framework and associated tool. 
The meeting was applauded by attendees, whose input was collected through animated and thoughtful discussions across five breakout sessions. A particular focus was on how we meet the challenge of delivering a Coastal Climate Risk Management Tool that both complements and adds value to existing efforts at the local and state levels.

We also peppered the two-day workshop with presentations from a number of stakeholders from the research and practitioner communities. Participants enjoyed learning about the experience and activities of two local councils, the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Council of Social Services, as well as data providers: CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, the CRC for Spatial Information and Geoscience Australia.
We are now processing the results of the meeting to distil the key messages and advice. A report of the meeting will be available early next year.
This meeting will be followed up by a series of regional stakeholder workshops to explore user needs and to shape the Coastal Tool.

Stakeholder Engagement in Phase 2

Stakeholder engagement is a critical aspect of NCCARF's activities. We are constantly looking for opportunities to liaise with stakeholders, particularly those involved in adaptation of the coast. If you have an event or an opportunity where we would be able to engage with stakeholders, please contact Dave Rissik
We would be delighted if you forward this email to any colleagues who may be interested.
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Contact NCCARF

Director’s Office
Jean Palutikof

Sarah Boulter
Research Fellow

Synthesis and Integrative Research and Administration
David Rissik
Deputy Director General Manager

Jenny West
Business & Operations Manager
National Climate Change
Adaptation Research Facility
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Qld Australia 4222
Tel: 07 5552 9333
Fax: 07 5552 7333
The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility is supported through funding from the Australian Government.

The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained within.
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