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Melbourne 2016 LRG meetingAbove: The February 2016 Livestock Research Group meeting was hosted by Australia

 

Australia’s role in the GRA

Australia aims to play a role in meeting the increasing global demand for food, especially within our region. The Australian Government is supporting farmers to be more productive and sustainable, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Australia supports the priorities of the GRA and is involved in a range of activities.

Australia is:

  • a founding member of the GRA
  • co-chair of the Integrative Research Group
  • a provider of major research contributions to the Paddy Rice, Livestock, Croplands and Integrative research groups.

Australia is represented on the GRA through the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. A number of Australian researchers also play an active role in GRA research sub-committees.

Australian participation in the GRA builds upon the Australian Government’s investment under Carbon Farming Futures. This initiative focuses on research, on-farm trials and knowledge transfer to help farmers reduce methane emissions and store higher levels of soil carbon, while maintaining or improving farm productivity. Carbon Farming Futures has also contributed to the development of methodologies under Australia’s Emission Reduction Funds.

Over four years, the Carbon Farming Futures invested AUD$139 million towards 200 projects. The funded projects fell under the following programmes:

  • Filling the Research Gap – supporting research into new technologies and practices for land managers to reduce emissions and store carbon in the landscape.
  • Action on the Ground – assisting industry and farming groups to test and apply research outcomes in real farming situations.
  • Extension and Outreach – providing technical information and support to assist farmers, land managers and their key influencers to participate in land sector emissions management activities.

Further information on the Carbon Farming Futures can be found at www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/climatechange

Prior to Carbon Farming Futures, the Australian Government invested $46.2 million into the Climate Change Research Programme.  This programme supported more than 50 major research and demonstration projects that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture and support farmers to adapt to the challenges of climate change.

The project outcomes, under the Climate Change Research Programme, are summarised at: www.agriculture.gov.au/Style%20Library/Images/DAFF/__data/assets/pdffile/0006/2359815/reducing-emissons-adapting-changing-climate.pdf

Lee Nelson

Co-Chair of the Integrative Research Group

Director, Department of Agriculture

lee.nelson@agriculture.gov.au