CarbonCare™ seeks to boost community understanding of carbon farming, particularly biodiverse planting. CarbonCare is a Carbon Positive Australia project supported by Lotterywest.
The learning and benefits from this project are being shared with stakeholders and their inputs are being sought. This will enable the project to support greater social innovation and promote new ways of solving long-term environmental challenges.
Australia has vast potential for carbon farming part of which is the revegetation and reforestation of degraded or unproductive farmland to sequester carbon. To increase participation the aim of the project is to:
- Profile farmers and landholders who have undertaken carbon farming
- Identify the levers required to increase uptake by broad acre farmers and landholders thoughout Western Australia but particularly in the Wheatbelt
- Explore the motives for carbon neutrality by buyers of carbon credits, particularly organisations and businesses
- Quantify the environmental and socioeconomic impacts and values
- Provide educational resources for landholders and the broader community on the benefits of carbon farming
Included in the project will be:
- Surveys of Carbon Offset Buyers, Broadacre Farmers and Participating and Non-Participating Landholders. These surveys are being delivered by Carbon West and are supported by DPIRD.
- Stakeholder engagement, case study development and a final report being delivered by Clear South.
- A co-benefits report of planting at the Hill View site, part of the Yarra Yarra corridor project, being delivered by Point Advisory.
- A demonstration biodiverse sandalwood site for demonstration planting using the ERF FullCAM methodology, to begin in 2021.
- A carbon calculator for Wheatbelt broadacre farmers.
The outputs of the project will be:
- A peer-reviewed report that will assist in providing educational and research material to be used in communication with landholders and the broader community regarding the positive outcomes of carbon farming, including stakeholder evaluation.
- A separate report detailing the co-benefits of carbon planting
- A farm calculator for use by broadacre farmers in the Wheatbelt area of Western Australia
- A demonstration site of biodiverse sandalwood and native planting.
The peer-review CarbonCare™ Report is due to be published in early 2021.
Register your interest here and we will send you a copy as soon as it is published. Otherwise, the report will be available for download from our website.