Carbon Farming fact sheets

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The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, (DAFWA) with funding assistance from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, analysed and captured current and emerging information on carbon farming related policy, legislation and science, to identify carbon farming opportunities and associated risks.

This information was captured in a series of fact sheets, which are being delivered to land managers via an awareness program in partnership with regional NRM groups.

Carbon Farming Project

Carbon farming is the process of managing soil, vegetation, water and animals to increase carbon storage and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In this context they are mainly carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (NH4).

Greenhouse gas is released through production activities such as farm machinery use, the production and use of fertiliser, transport, and methane emissions created through enteric fermentation from animals.

Carbon can be stored (sequestered) through activities such as plantings or increasing soil carbon, and GHG emissions can be avoided through activities such as the use of bio-fuels or the reduction of methane produced by animals.

Carbon farming activities provide farmers and land managers with the potential to benefit financially from reducing carbon pollution while at the same time improving resource management.

It is essential to understand what viable options are suitable for remote and regional areas to take maximum advantage of carbon farming opportunities, but also to identify potential associated risks.

The goal of the Carbon Farming Project was to analyse, and capture in a series of fact sheets, current and emerging information on policy, legislation and science to help identify and develop carbon farming opportunities, and understand their associated risks. This information is being extended to land managers via an awareness program in partnership with regional NRM groups.

The Carbon Farming Project has been delivered by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia with funding assistance from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

Carbon farming fact sheets

The fact sheets below describe the potential for activities to reduce greenhouse gases and/or store CO2 and to highlight the potential risks and opportunities for land managers. The fact sheets are grouped below by subject matter.

Soil

Cattle

Sheep

Fuels

Plantings

NRM contacts

Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC)

Sarah Jeffery
Carbon Farming Coordinator
Email: Sarah.Jeffery@nacc.com.au
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9938 0100

Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Inc

Georgie Troup
Email: gtroup@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9670 3100

South West Catchments Council, Bridgetown

Roe Street, Bridgetown - PO Box 5066 Bunbury WA 6230

Wendy Wilkins
Email: wendy.wilkins@swccnrm.org.au
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9761 4184
Mobile: +61 (0)448 939 307

South Coast Natural Resource Management (SCNRM)

Justin Bellanger
Email: justinb@southcoastnrm.com.au
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9845 8537

Rangelands NRM Western Australia

Jane Bradley
Email: jane.bradley@rangelandswa.com.au
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9485 8930

Contact information

Henry Brockman
+61 (0)8 9892 8435
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