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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Funding to Help Plan for the Impacts of Climate Change Opens Today

Media release
20 December 2012

The Gillard Government will invest more than $24 million over the next four years to help regional natural resource management organisations across Australia incorporate climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches into their existing plans.

Environment Minister Tony Burke today launched Stream 1 of the Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund, an important component of the Government's Clean Energy Future Plan.

"There is probably no greater example of thinking globally and acting locally than to have every regional body in the country planning for climate change," Mr Burke said.

"This funding will help such organisations prepare for the impacts of climate change and guide the location of projects to enhance biodiversity and increase carbon outcomes across Australia.

"The fund will help regional natural resource management organisations use the best available information to develop practical and comprehensive climate change updates to their regional natural resource management plans to help guide the future management of natural resources."

Regional natural resource management organisations will be able to undertake a range of activities such as regional and cross-regional planning, regional stakeholder engagement, and application of climate change research and information.

"These plans are important not only at the regional planning level, but will help direct investment through initiatives such as the Biodiversity Fund and the Carbon Farming Initiative to increase carbon storage and enhance biodiversity across the country," Mr Burke said.

Applications for funding under Stream 1 are now being sought from regional natural resource management organisations and will close at 5.00pm AEDST on 26 February 2013.

For more information about Stream 1 of the Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund, or to access the program guidelines, visit or call the information line on (02) 6274 2392.

Stream 2 will provide $15 million over four financial years to support research and analysis to develop scenarios on regional climate change impacts which can be used for natural resource management planning. Further information on Stream 2 can be found at