The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP) is an initiative to improve drought preparedness and resilience for Queensland producers. The program aims to do this by delivering a range of research, development and extension projects, improve seasonal forecasting and provide tools and systems that will support producers in their decision-making.
DCAP consists of a number of projects that are managed and funded through a series of partnerships with government and industry partners. The largest partnership is the establishment of the Queensland Drought Mitigation Centre (QDMC) with the University of Southern Queensland and the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.
QDMC aims to improve seasonal forecasts for northern Australia, provide decision support tools for farm managers, and provide advice on climate change projections at regional level and how to adapt to the changing climate.
Another major component of DCAP is the GrazingFutures project that aims to help graziers in Western Queensland build resilience in their businesses and to recover from drought as quickly as possible.
DCAP will also fund other partnerships researching drought resilience, weather and seasonal forecasts, and mentoring programs led by other partners including Meat and Livestock Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology.
For a full list of DCAP research, development and extension projects, or for further information contact the department on 13 25 23 or email the DCAP program manager at DCAP@daf.qld.gov.au.