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:
- To deliver a tool to guide local and state governments and other organisations make better decisions about managing risks from coastal climate change;
- To produce and deliver relevant and accessible climate adaptation material synthesising research information for policy and decision makers; and
- 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:
- 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;
- 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
- 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.