A total of 53 successful regions will incorporate climate change and adaptation approaches into their existing NRM plans.
Regional natural resource management (NRM) organisations will be supported to update existing regional NRM plans to guide planning for climate change impacts on the land and to maximise the environmental benefits of carbon farming projects.
Funding of $43.9m over five years will be utilised for this fund. The fund will help to guide where biosequestration projects should be located in the landscape to maximise the benefits for biodiversity, water and agricultural production.
The fund is divided into two streams:
- Stream 1 of the fund is a five year $28.9m program with $24.16m available over four years from 2012-13 to support the regional NRM organisations. The funding will support the revision of existing regional NRM plans to help identify where in the landscape climate change adaptation and mitigation activities should be undertaken. This stream will be administered by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. For more information on Stream 1 contact NRMPlanning@environment.gov.au.
- Stream 2 will provide $15m over five years to support development of regional-level information in the form of scenarios about the impacts of climate change (water, temperature, storms) which can be used for medium term regional NRM land use planning. This stream will be administered by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. For more information on Stream 2, contact NRMfund.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.climatechange.gov.au/government/initiatives/regional-nrm-planning-and-climate-change-fund.aspx