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Case Study Competition | $3,000 prize for projects supporting measures that address climate change risks and impacts on Australian biodiversity.

The Natural Ecosystems Network invites entries to their case study competition.

Call for entries

In an effort to support projects focusing on climate change adaptation measures for biodiversity, the Natural Ecosystems Network invites students, researchers or practitioners to submit original case studies for projects that demonstrate climate change adaptation activities that are supporting adaptation, or resulting in practical action and outcomes. The objective of this competition is to demonstrate how research, planning, or actions focusing on addressing risks and impacts on Australian biodiversity can inform adaptation strategies for conservation programs. The winning organisations will be awarded $3,000 to support their conservation initiatives. Up to four projects will be supported.

Competition outline:


“Climate change adaptation, research or practice in action”


Climate change is one of the primary threats to biodiversity and ecosystem function. The impacts of climate change on biodiversity can be reduced through two complementary measures: mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation involves actions that intend to reduce the magnitude of our contribution to climate change such as enhancing sinks and reducing sources and emissions of greenhouse gas. Adaptation actions aim to minimise or avoid the impacts of climate stresses and could include landscape management such as protecting refugia, increasing connectivity and managing adverse fire regimes or other stressors. Adaptation could also include species-specific management such as artificial microhabitat manipulation, genetic translocation or ex-situ conservation strategies such as captive breeding programs. Climate change is already having measurable impacts on Australian biodiversity. Both mitigation and adaptation approaches are necessary to deal with the changes in climate that have already been set in motion. The National Adaptation Network for Natural Ecosystems has been established by NCCARF to help build capacity for decision-makers to develop and implement strategies that will minimise the impacts of climate change on Australia’s biodiversity and ecosystems. 

Entry deadline:

All entries must be delivered to by 24 March 2017 with “Case study submission” in subject heading.

Judging panel:

Cases will be examined by a Judging Panel of 3 members from the Natural Ecosystems Network Steering Committee. Cases will be judged on relevance to measures that increase our understanding of climate change impacts on biodiversity and actions that minimise climate change impacts to support long-term persistence of species and ecosystem function. The cases will also be judged on relevance to priority research questions outlined in NCCARF National Adaptation Research Plans (NARPs) that identify knowledge gaps to effective adaptation responses to climate change.


The Judging Panel will select the top four case studies and award the winning organisations monetary support of $3,000 towards their project. The winners will be announced on the Natural Ecosystems Network website and via email by 31 March 2017.

Terms and conditions:

  • Case study must be submitted using this entry form and be written in plain language for a broad audience.
  • Competition open to members of the Natural Ecosystems Network. Click here for free registration.
  • Members of Judging Panel are not permitted to participate in the competition.
  • Case study must be for Australian biodiversity and can be for past, current or future projects.
  • Support by the “NCCARF National Adaptation Network for Natural Ecosystems” will be acknowledged in associated articles and reports, and copies of associated publications will be provided to the Network Coordinator.
  • Transfer of rights: competition participants grant the Natural Ecosystems Network the right to reproduce, exhibit or print the case study and its associated reports for non-commercial purposes and to publish to the Network all entries. Attribution credit will be given to the authors of the entries. 
  • Monetary prizes will be paid out via raised invoice to the project organisation’s bank account within 30 days of receiving the invoice. Invoices should be made out to “James Cook University”.
  • A short informal summary report will be provided to the Network Coordinator by 30 June 2017, detailing project activities and next steps.


Click here for case study competition entry form

Resources of interest:

NCCARF resources that aim to support decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystems are available through the NCCARF Adaptation Library and CoastAdapt

Please direct any questions to the Network Coordinator, Nadiah Roslan


Network Convenor:

Professor Stephen Williams

Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change

James Cook University 


Network Coordinator:

Nadiah Roslan

Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change

James Cook University

Workshop awards

Individuals wishing to seek support for workshops or events focused on climate change adaptation and Australian biodiversity can submit proposals using this form. Please note that events must take place before 14 May 2017. 


Click here to view upcoming and past events supported by the Natural Ecosystems Network


Information to help support decision makers prepare for and manage the risks of climate change on our natural ecosystems, including NARPs, Tools, and NCCARF Library here.



About NCCARF: The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) is an initiative of the Australian Federal Government that works to support decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise. NCCARF is based at Griffith University and is in its second phase of development. NCCARF has established new adaptation networks under a three year program (2014-17) to continue their national focus across Australia to build resilience to climate change in government, NGOs and the private sector.

To view the project plan visit the NCCARF Homepage here

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