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Carbon Farming Training Developments – RIG News #16

2012 January 15
by anthea
Agrifoods carbon landscape

Developments to support the Carbon Farming Initiative

Qualifications for Carbon Offset Providers and Aggregators

The Australian Government has introduced a carbon tax of $23/tonne which will come into force from 1 July 2012.

Although the carbon price will not apply to agricultural emissions, it will enhance opportunities for farmers and land managers under the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

The CFI provides new economic rewards for farmers and landholders who take steps to reduce carbon pollution. It will do this by creating credits for each tonne of carbon pollution which can be stored or reduced on the land. Farmers and land managers will be able to generate income from credits for actions including reforestation and revegetation, reduced methane emissions from livestock digestion, reduced fertilizer emissions and native forest protection.

A significant feature of the implementation plan is carbon skills. In collaboration with the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE), AgriFoods Skills Australia is developing a qualification for carbon offset providers and aggregators to ensure the quality of advice given to farmers optimizes the environmental and economic benefits they derive from participating in the CFI. It is anticipated the training package will be available in the latter half of 2012.

The carbon skills component of the Implementation Plan will ensure that Australian farmers are informed how to integrate carbon farming across current farming practice.

Through the Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will receive assistance to participate in the CFI. Indigenous Australians manage around 20 per cent of Australia’s land mass, drawing on traditional knowledge of the landscape and its responses to fire, flood and drought.

Complementary to the CFI is the new Biodiversity Fund which has been allocated $946 million over the first six years to support projects that establish, restore, protect or manage biodiverse carbon stores. The Biodiversity Fund will increase the resilience of Australia’s flora and fauna to the impacts of climate change, enhance the environmental outcomes of carbon farming projects, and help landholders to protect biodiversity and carbon values on their land.

Story and image kindly provided by Di Dibley, Consultant, Policy and Program Development, AgriFood Skills Australia.

From: RIG News #16 – December 2011

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