Carbon Farming Workshops

June 23, 2013 at 6:28 AM

North Queensland Land Council has helped to facilitate introductory carbon workshops by the Aboriginal Carbon Fund.

So far regional workshops have been held at Mangalla Station near Ingham and in Georgetown in the Einasleigh Bioregion.

At the workshops traditional owners have been taken on a tour of climate change and the carbon cycle before delving into the new world of carbon farming.

So what is carbon farming?

“Carbon farming is an agribusiness,” explains Rowan Foley, General Manager of Aboriginal Carbon Fund.

“Land owners can produce a commercial commodity on their land – carbon credits – which is then sold in a market.

“As with all agribusiness, whether it is cattle, wheat or sheep, there are government regulations that govern the production and sale of commodities in the market place to ensure integrity in commercial transactions. Carbon farming is no different.”

At the workshops, Jeremy Dore, Project Development Officer at Aboriginal Carbon Fund, went on to explain some of the rules around emissions reduction projects, which prevent greenhouse emissions going into the air (such as savanna fires, feral animals and livestock), and sequestration or carbon storage projects, which increase the amount of carbon that is stored in trees and rangelands. The projects must follow a set up rules, called a methodology, and have a project report approved before credits can be issued.

In the evening, traditional owners were treated to videos under the stars of example projects around Australia!

Carbon farming is still young and there may not be lots of money to be made at this stage, but managing land for carbon can also help to look after land for biodiversity, farming and cultural reasons. For example, managing savanna fires can reduce greenhouse emissions coming from the land and also help stop damaging wildfires in the late dry season.

For more information about carbon farming on Aboriginal land see Aboriginal Carbon Fund (http://aboriginalcarbonfund.com.au/) or the Clean Energy Regulator (http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/Carbon-Farming-Initiative/Pages/default.aspx).

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