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Climate Change: Research

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding has been allocated to research into mitigation of the effects of climate change on (a) agriculture and (b) other industries in the last five years. (322309)

I have been asked to reply.

(a) The funding allocated into research into the effects of climate change on agriculture in the past five years is as follows:

£

Mitigation

Adaptation

2003-04

324,193

280,559

2004-05

324,193

280,559

2005-06

239,748

143,199

2006-07

987,775

292,554

2007-08

1,583,875

575,388

2008-09

1,717,622

269,354

(b) The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), funded by DEFRA, has incorporated a business element that works with individual business or representative organisations to help develop risk management and adaptation strategies. UKCIP have developed free for user on-line tools specially designed for business, in addition to the climate change projections.

We are unable to provide a breakdown of the funding provided to UKCIP for research into mitigating the effects of climate change in agriculture and business, as the work done by UKCIP is of benefit to all. However the total funding provided to UKCIP for the last five years is as follows:

£

2005-06

712,743

2006-07

799,000

2007-08

898,337

2008-09

1,322,900

2009-10

1,078,000

Total funding

4,810,980

In addition, as part of Government’s cross-Department Adaptation to Climate Change programme established in 2008, a small business engagement team has been set up. In FY 2009-10 this team managed research projects on business opportunities from adaptation to climate change, business messaging and business advice totalling up to £160,000.