Carbon Farming and Trading Workshops - Ecology Meets the Environment

11th Jun 2019

Agriculturalists and landholders living in the New England region have the potential to significantly increase their income, and reduce critical levels of greenhouse gas emissions, through carbon farming and trading.

Two free workshops hosted by GLENRAC, and presented by the Director of Carbon Farmers Australia, Louisa Kiely, will reveal the many mysteries of carbon farming, including the economic and ecological opportunities available to Australian farmers, and how people can get involved.

“Carbon Farming is simply farming in a way that reduces greenhouse gas emissions through the process of capturing and holding carbon in vegetation and soils,” says Louisa. “It is managing land, water, plants and animals to meet the triple challenge of landscape restoration, climate change and food security; and seeks to reduce emissions in its production processes, while increasing production and sequestering carbon in the landscape.

“The ecological benefits of carbon farming include carbon sequestration, reduced erosion and soil loss, improved soil structure, reduced soil salinity, increased soil fertility and biodiversity, greater water efficiency and better drought resistance.”

GLENRAC member, Sandy Fitzgerald, remarked on the professionalism of Louisa, who is regarded as Australia’s foremost expert in the field of carbon farming, and the leading industry work taking place at Carbon Farmers Australia. “Louisa and her team have developed the first Australian carbon credit measurement as a way to determine how much soil carbon is available on a participating farm,” says Sandy. “These calculated credits are then valued and sold to the Australian Government Renewal Energy Fund, which was set up as part of the Australian emissions control policy to meet the Paris Agreement, and which currently houses $150 million to be spent on carbon credits.”

Over the course of the workshops, Louisa will address areas including: the role of agriculture in reducing greenhouse gas emissions; an overview of the Carbon Fundamentals: the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF); the CFI/ERF process and how to get involved; ecosystem services; potential revenue streams and opportunities for carbon farmers; ‘methods’, projects and landholder responsibilities; and ERF Auction, secondary and international markets.

These free workshops are supported by Glen Innes Severn Council and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

  • Demystifying Carbon Farming. Wednesday 19th June, 2019. 7:00-9:00pm. Glen Innes District Services Club. Free to attend, light supper provided.
  • Carbon Farming 101: The Basics of Carbon Farming. Thursday 20st June, 2019. 9:00am-12:00pm. Glen Innes District Services Club.

Free to attend.

Please RSVP to GLENRAC by 5:00pm Sunday, 16th June, 2019
Phone: 02 6732 3443 or text: 0427 325 901 or email: julie.firth@glenrac.org.au or drop in to the GLENRAC office at 68 Church St, Glen

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