Australia and New Zealand have signed a new agreement on marine observation and research which will formalise existing work between the two countries and increase understanding of the climate systems that affect the region.


Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr and the New Zealand High Commissioner, Major General Martyn Dunne, signed An Arrangement on Marine Observation in Canberra.


Senator Carr said strengthened linkages would support research on many of the critical marine related issues facing the region, including climate change, sustainable use of marine resources and ocean ecosystem health.


“This arrangement will have a host of practical outcomes, including providing the data required to develop successful climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions for governments and industry.


“It will also provide the basis for Australia and New Zealand to be promoted as regional centres of excellence in marine research and innovation,” Senator Carr said.


The signing coincides with the Australia-New Zealand marine observation symposium at the University of Tasmania in Hobart this week. The symposium, supported by the Australian and New Zealand governments, aims to increase international cooperation in developing, operating and using marine infrastructure. 


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