Representatives from Rangelands NRM attended the recent ‘monsoon cluster’ and ‘rangelands cluster’ Climate Change Fund meetings along with other NRM groups to ensure important issues about climate change are part of their Regional NRM planning.
The meetings were held as part of the Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change Fund (NRM Fund), which aims to help regional communities plan for climate change impacts on the land and to maximise the environmental benefits of biodiversity and carbon farming projects.
Rangelands NRM Operations Manager John Silver said the NRM Fund has $43.9 million over five years to support regional NRM organisations to update existing regional NRM plans to incorporate climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches.
“To ensure the decision making process is fully informed and benefits are maximised for agricultural productivity, biodiversity and local communities, we are busy working on updating our existing Regional NRM Plan which will remain a ˜living’ documents that can be continually improved and updated,” Mr Silver said.
Stream 2 of the NRM Fund has a budget allocation for research which should be applicable for the NRM regions. During the meetings priorities for research were discussed as well as how the research can help inform the regional plan.
Mr Silver attended the ‘Monsoonal North Cluster’ meeting in Darwin during August, representing the Kimberley sub-region of the rangelands region of Western Australia. The Monsoonal North Cluster also includes the regions of the Northern Gulf, Southern Gulf and Burdekin, the Top End and Gulf Savanna sub-regions of the Northern Territory.
Earlier this month, General Manager Dr Brian Warren and Mr Silver attended the ‘Rangelands Cluster’ meeting in Alice Springs, representing the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Murchison, Goldfields and Nullarbor sub-regions of Western Australia. They joined other representatives from the regions of Desert Channels, Alinytjara Wilurara, SA Arid Lands, South West Queensland, Western NSW, the Arid Lands and TableLands sub-regions of the Northern Territory.