Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change research programme

Research is at the core of the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) programme. Find out about the programme's aims and the types of research it invests in.

Climate issues facing farmers

The impacts of climate change are projected to intensify over the coming decades – and these impacts will be both environmental and economic. Expectations about responses to climate change and the sustainable use of resources have also increased, both domestically and internationally.

Research shows that 63% of farmers agree or strongly agree that global human activity is contributing to climate change. This is a significant increase over the past 10 years.

Download the report on this research (April 2019) [PDF, 3.4 MB]

The research programme

The SLMACC research programme:

  • enhances and supports adaptation to climate change
  • mitigates agricultural greenhouse gas emissions
  • encourages the establishment of forest sinks
  • manages deforestation
  • capitalises on new business opportunities arising from the world's response to climate change.

Types of research

The SLMACC research programme invests in targeted basic, applied, and policy research. This includes work on:

  • the impacts of climate change and adaptation to climate change
  • mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas emissions
  • cross-cutting issues including economic analysis, life-cycle analysis, social impacts, and farm, catchment, and systems analysis
  • policy research to address targeted policy questions.

Getting the information to farmers

Most SLMACC research produces scientific reports. We turn these reports into plain English advice that farmers can use. This is delivered to farmers through seminars and roadshows and is published online.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the SLMACC research programme, email funding@mpi.govt.nz

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