Sustainable Land Management & Climate Change Research Programme

The Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) Research Programme helps the agriculture and forestry sectors with the challenges arising from climate change. Learn about the projects the programme supports and its priorities.

The research programme:

  • enhances and supports adaptation to climate change
  • reduces agricultural greenhouse gases
  • encourages the establishment of forest sinks
  • manages deforestation
  • capitalises on new business opportunities arising from the world's response to climate change.

Types of research

The SLMACC Research Programme invests in targeted basic, applied and policy research, including:

  • the impacts of climate change and adaptation to climate change
  • mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas emissions
  • cross-cutting issues, including economic analysis, life-cycle analysis, farm, catchment and systems analysis and social impacts
  • policy research to address targeted policy questions.

Funding rounds

Each year MPI approves a number of priority topics that address 1 of the following research themes.

  1. Impacts of climate change and adaptation.
  2. Mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Cross-cutting issues, including economic analysis, life-cycle analysis, farm catchment systems analysis, and social impact.

The theme topics will vary each year.

2018/19 SLMACC Funding Round

The funding for Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme 2018/19 financial year has been fully committed and allocated.

An announcement will be made in 2018 regarding the opening of the next funding round.

Who can apply for funding?

Organisations or persons with the ability to do research in their own right can apply for funding. Partnerships that apply for funding should be aware that 50% co-funding by industry is required.

Collaboration and co-funding arrangements on research applications between New Zealand-based organisations is encouraged.


  • may address knowledge gaps and urgent areas of research and policy research
  • may involve the synthesis and expansion of existing knowledge
  • may contribute directly to climate change policy development
  • will contribute to a single priority topic that is defined for each round.

Projects can run for 1, 2 or 3 years.

2017-2018 funding round results

Research reports

MPI regularly publishes reports produced by the SLMACC research programme.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the SLMACC Research Programme, email

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