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Carbon farming portal and factsheets launched

[June 2013]

Rangelands NRM in partnership with the WA Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) have launched a new web portal and factsheets this month, providing landholders access to information about carbon farming.

The new website and information sheets were produced as part of the carbon farming project, funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions (R4R) Program and aim to provide information for both the agricultural areas as well as the rangelands.

Carbon farming is the process of managing soils, vegetation, water and animals to increase carbon storage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that can be released through farming activities such as machinery use, transport, production and use of fertiliser, and rumen fermentation from animals.

General Manager of Rangelands NRM Dr Brian Warren said the website and new information sheets would be welcomed by land managers who wanted to access baseline data and gain a good understanding of the potential for carbon farming.

“One of the fundamentals of the R4R Carbon Farming Awareness program is to ensure that the information that is being presented is current, reliable, unbiased and balanced so that the land owners can make good decisions about undertaking projects,” Dr Warren said.

A number of fact sheets are available that describe the different carbon farming activities to reduce greenhouse gases or store CO2 and the potential risks and opportunities for land managers in this area. They are groups under the topics soil, cattle, sheet, fuel and plantings.

The six WA Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups are working in collaboration to run workshops to stakeholders in each region as part of the project.

Image:  Andrew Mann, Regional Development and Lands, Jim Sullivan, Wheatbelt NRM, Brian Warren (General Manager, Rangelands NRM), Henry Brockman (Project Manager, Carbon Farming DAFWA), Bill Mitchell (Chair Board of Rangelands NRM) and John Ruprecht (Executive Director of Agricultural Resource Risk Management, DAFWA) at the launch on 12 June.

For more information about carbon farming, and to download the factsheets, visit the Carbon Web Portal.