Land Restoration Fund Pilot Project
Climate Friendly has partnered with Bush Heritage Australia and the CSIRO to pilot an active landscape management approach to carbon farming in south west Queensland. The partnership has secured $750,000 in funding from the QLD Government’s Land Restoration Fund for the pilot project.
The pilot project will target the Brigalow Belt, Mulga Lands and Mitchell Grass Downs ecosystems of Southwest Queensland. It aims to investigate how a range of active land management techniques such as rotational grazing and ecological thinning of vegetation can contribute to carbon sequestration, and unlock measurable environmental, social and economic benefits for landholders and rural communities.
Climate Friendly’s Executive Manager – Strategy & Analytics, Skye Glenday, is pleased to be part of such a formidable partnership.
“Bush Heritage Australia has an amazing amount of experience in ecosystem restoration, and the CSIRO’s scientific rigour is unparalleled,” she said. “Climate Friendly has a strong track record in carbon farming project development in Southwest Queensland. We look forward to piloting this new carbon farming method, together.”
For more information about the Land Restoration Fund, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/climate/climate-change/land-restoration-fund
Regeneration carbon farming projects involve managing land in a way that enables native vegetation to regenerate naturally into forest. This is done by changing, reducing or removing factors that would otherwise suppress regeneration (e.g. grazing pressure, feral animals and non-native plants and clearing or thinning practices).
The regenerating forest captures and stores carbon in the landscape, producing carbon credits which can be traded. Over time, the project implementation area will transition to ‘forest cover’. In Australia, forest cover means an area of land that has trees two or more metres tall and a canopy that covers at least 20% of the total area. Forest cover should be achieved within 15 years of when the trees germinated.
A regeneration project is implemented on land in Australia for either 25 or 100 years. Projects can only take place on land areas that did not have forest cover for the ten years before the project commences (known as the baseline period). The regeneration project involves natural germination of trees, rather than seeding or planting activities, which are covered under different project methods.
Case Study Examples
Managing a cattle in a way that reduces the emissions intensity of the herd.
Increasing the amount of organic matter in the soil as a direct result of changes in property management.
Expanding or optimising plantation estates for solid wood production.
Planting or seeding trees to establish a forest.