In 2013 Rangelands NRM began to take expressions of interest from groups of pastoralists who were interested in host a carbon farming demonstration site as part of its Carbon Awareness Program.
Demonstration sites were established in 2013 for a project which runs until 2016.
Criteria for demonstration site hosts:
- prepared to manage the site for >5 years under a modified management system
- seen as an innovator in the district, and who has the trust and respect of the community
- prepared to keep good records to enable a case study of the site to be developed over the course of the project, and beyond
- prepared to share ESRM information with the group
- prepared to host field days and workshops at the site and
- part of an established, active group.
Criteria for demonstration sites:
- be in a relatively common land system for the district
- have an ESRM, EMU or similar plan already in place
- be a land system that has the capacity to improve C storage in the landscape
- have good road access and high visibility.
Demonstration sites will have comprehensive data collected and modelled on carbon sequestration and other biophysical attributes.