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Million dollar environment fund

LOCAL environmental groups are urged to apply for major environmental research grants under the Environmental Trust's $1 million Environmental Research Program.

Funding has been made available for grants of up to $200,000 - or higher for projects demonstrating strong justification - as well as seeding research grants up to $20,000.

"The 2012 Environmental Research Program is providing $1 million fo research projects that help address environmental problems in NSW," Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said.

"The Environmental Trust has recognised the importance of NSW communities having sound information to help them adapt to the extreme events associated with climate change and has made this a priority research area."

Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker, said this funding program will provide support to researchers working to improve our knowledge of regional impacts of climate change at the local level in NSW, helping communities to understand and respond to those impacts, whether they are related to floods or heat effects or bushfires.

"Priorities for funding under the 2012 Environmental Research Program include research addressing the human health and social impacts of climate change, including the impacts on people from bushfires, extreme weather events and water and air quality," Ms Parker said.

Guidelines, application forms and more information is available on the Environmental Trust website at www.environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au. Applications are open until 5pm on 10 February 2012.



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