Resources for Applicants - Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program

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To support applications for the Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program, a variety of resources are available. 

Applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the requirements of the different project types, determine the cost of setting-up and running a project, plan how to measure and report on the co-benefits, and identify co-contribution funding sources. 

Resources can be accessed via hyperlinks below and additional links on the right hand side of this page.

CF-LRP Resources

Seeking Advice

Always seek independent financial, business and legal advice before making decisions regarding establishing a carbon farming project. 

DPIRD has compiled a non-exhaustive Service Provider Directory specialising in a range of expertise areas including carbon farming, agribusiness and environmental consultation.

Resources for ACCU Plus Projects

  • The Climate Solutions Fund explains the different project types, how to register with the Clean Energy Regulator, the eligibility requirements and permanence obligations.
  • LOOC-C will help you estimate the carbon sequestered by different methods. Additional functionality will be added over the next few months.
  • Business case for carbon farming: improving your farm’s sustainability covers business considerations for farm owners examining carbon offsets projects for a farm-based business (Kondinin Group)

Vegetation links

If you are thinking about an ACCU Plus vegetation project you can use the 'guide to the reforestation by environmental or mallee plantings - FullCAM method' and the 'guide to the farm forestry method', which outline the requirements regarding planning, sampling and reporting, and eligible and ineligible activities.

Other useful vegetation links:

Soil Carbon links

If you are thinking about an ACCU Plus soil carbon project you can use the 'Estimating sequestration of carbon in soil using default values method'  and the 'Understanding your soil carbon – simple method guide', which outline the requirements regarding land management plans, sampling and reporting, and eligible and ineligible activities.

Other useful soil links:

General Resources 

An excellent resource summarising the concepts underlying carbon farming, how Australia accounts for greenhouse gas emissions and the potential for Western Australian land managers to participate in, and benefit from, carbon farming is Bulletin 4856 'Carbon farming in relation to Western Australian agriculture'

The CSIRO, Australia's National Science Agency hosts the Digiscape Future Science Platform which includes the Biodiversity co-benefits calculator,  links to Australia's digital soil map and other carbon faming related information on the LOOC-C page.

The Soil Carbon Research Program (SCaRP) was the largest and most extensive soil sampling and analysis program undertaken in Australia to measure stocks of soil carbon.  More than 20,000 samples were taken from a wide range of soil types and farming operations across more than 4000 different locations in selected farming regions. Reports derived from the data gathered through the program include the SCaRP Final Report: Project 4  and the Fertcare Soil Carbon Snapshot developed in conjunction with Victorian Government. 

GrainGrowers has released the Carbon and Cropping report with clear information and facts on carbon farming to help farmers consider the opportunities around carbon for their businesses, families and communities.

The Wheatbelt NRM has developed a Carbon Planning Tool designed to guide landholders in carbon planting on their properties. It assesses the proposed Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) sequestration project against mapping undertaken in the Avon NRM region. It takes into consideration the natural resource management benefits from carbon tree planting projects and benefits that can be identified in line with the Regional Natural Resource Management Strategy for the Avon River Basin.

The South West Timber Hub has developed a handy calculator called Decision Tree which allows you to assess if trees are a viable crop option for your farm, based on the information you provide. It takes into account details such as your location, annual rainfall, soil types, land prices and comparitive crops/production options.

CNBC International's video "What is carbon trading?" discusses the role of world carbon markets in the fight against climate change - are they a help or a hindrance?