New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam
New Zealand launches new climate change research funds
Vietnamese scientists and researchers will be eligible to apply for support from three new international climate change research funds established by the New Zealand Government, New Zealand’s Ambassador to Viet Nam H.E. Ms Heather Riddell has announced.
Speaking to Vietnamese officials, scientists, academics and local media at a launch reception on 21 September, Ambassador Riddell stressed that while three separate funds have been created, all have a common focus on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions produced by livestock farming.
The three funds comprise:
- The New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research: A NZ$25 million (US$20.6 million) globally contestable fund to support research teams focused on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral farming;
- Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist (GRASS) Awards: A scientific exchange programme to support top senior scientists from New Zealand and selected overseas countries to collaborate on livestock emissions research – up to NZ$40,000 (US$33,000) per individual;
- Livestock Emissions and Abatement Research Network (LEARN) Awards: A range of fellowship and scholarship awards to support researchers, technicians and students to visit New Zealand to conduct research and study on livestock emissions issues – up to NZ$105,000 (US$86,700) per person for a Postdoctoral Fellowship;
Ambassador Riddell says New Zealand’s focus on agricultural aspects of the global response to climate change is a natural response to its own situation – the agriculture sector is the largest single source of carbon emissions in New Zealand (49 per cent).
“New Zealand, but also many other countries including Viet Nam, therefore face a simple but critical agricultural challenge: how to increase production to feed growing populations, while decreasing agricultural carbon emissions and increasing carbon sequestration.”
“In 2010 New Zealand responded to this urgent priority by promoting the establishment of a Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, to provide a structure for the exchange of data and ideas relating to agricultural emissions.”
“The launch of the three new research funds continues New Zealand’s close involvement in this area.”
The Global Research Alliance was formally launched at this year’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Summit in Rome, and already has over 30 members. Riddell says New Zealand was impressed that Viet Nam was one of the first developing countries to express interest in the Alliance.
“This demonstrates the farsighted approach which Viet Nam is adopting in response to a global problem that will have serious impacts here.”
“We hope Vietnamese scientists and researchers will apply for funding to assist their work, and through doing so establish enduring partnerships with New Zealand counterparts.”
New Zealand and Viet Nam also concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation on Science Cooperation in early 2010, and have collaborated on projects as diverse as fruit cropping, seismology and hydroelectric dam safety since that time.
Further information on the three new funds can be found through:
General information on the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases can be found at www.globalresearchalliance.org.