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22 February 2022 Statement

Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, will apply expert science to drought resilience planning in regions across Australia as part of a partnership with the Australian Government to improve drought resilience in regional Australia, funded through the Future Drought Fund’s $40.85 million Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program.

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said Australia is one of the driest continents on Earth, but science can help adapt our approach from dealing with drought as a crisis, to being prepared.

“Using breakthrough science to build resilience with practical regional plans, we can better prepare our regions and communities to anticipate and mitigate the severity of future drought,” Dr Marshall said.

CSIRO will provide feedback on 23 regional drought resilience plans with more to follow. The program contributes to the CSIRO-led Drought Resilience Mission goal of reducing the impacts of drought in Australia by 30 per cent by 2030.

Find out more about the Drought Resilience Mission.

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