CarbonCare™

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.

Objectives

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

Components

Included in the project will be:

  1. 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.
  2. Stakeholder engagement, case study development and a final report being delivered by Clear South.
  3. A co-benefits report of planting at the Hill View site, part of the Yarra Yarra corridor project, being delivered by Point Advisory.
  4. A demonstration biodiverse sandalwood site for demonstration planting using the ERF FullCAM methodology, to begin in 2021.
  5. A carbon calculator for Wheatbelt broadacre farmers.

Outputs

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.

How can you help?

As part of the CarbonCare project, we are currently undertaking three stakeholder surveys. If you fit any of the below descriptions, we would love your participation!

The CarbonCare Industry survey is targeted at Australian organisations across all industries and focuses on the understanding and motivation for carbon offsetting, as well as the desirable attributes of carbon offsetting projects. If you represent or can answer on behalf of a privately owned Australian organisation we need you! The survey will take between 10-15 minutes and can be accessed through the link below. All responses will be anonymised and aggregated.

The CarbonCare Landowner survey is targeted at Western Australian broadacre farmers located anywhere in the southwest land division (Northampton to Esperance) and focuses on attitudes towards land-based carbon farming and the factors which may boost or limit the future development of carbon farming in Western Australia. The survey will take between 15 – 20 minutes and can be accessed through the link below. All responses will be anonymised and aggregated. 

The CarbonCare Participating Landholder survey is targeted at Western Australian landholders who are currently, or have previously been, involved in land-based carbon farming projects. The survey focuses on understanding the motivations and concerns landholders have in regard to carbon projects to identify improvements for the future. The survey will take between 15 – 20 minutes and can be accessed through the link below. All responses will be anonymised and aggregated.