Carbon Farming and Regional NRM Organisations
Regional NRM organisations have been involved in carbon farming since the beginning. We have a long history of supporting the development and refinement of methods for the Emissions Reduction Fund and other policies- this is reflected in the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, which refers to alignment of carbon farming project proposals with regional NRM plans.
There are lots of benefits for regional NRM organisations in being involved in carbon farming. Working with landholders to support planning and development of carbon farming projects means we can achieve other regional NRM goals or ‘co-benefits’, such as biodiversity protection, improved water quality, or soil conservation, that we might not otherwise have had the resources to support. Regional NRM organisations can also play a role in minimising risks arising from both individual carbon farming projects and carbon farming at a landscape scale, by being the ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground, and providing an early warning system for policy makers about possible perverse outcomes from carbon farming projects.
Regional NRM organisations are as diverse as the regions they represent, so different organisations are playing different roles in the carbon farming sector. These roles range from simple information provision, to full carbon project planning and delivery. Resources in our Knowledge Hub including the Broderick 2021 report and the videos from some of our presentations and webinars, showcase the diverse roles we are playing in carbon farming.
NRM Regions Australia project- Knowledge for Capacity in Carbon Farming
In recognition of the role NRM organisations continue to play in carbon farming projects, planning and policy, the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) provided funding to NRM Regions Australia until June 2023 to help build capacity in regional NRM organisations to engage with carbon farming and the ERF. Some of the functions and support that are provided through this funding include the employment of a part-time Knowledge Broker – Carbon Farming and the Emissions Reduction Fund. NRM Regions Australia also runs a Carbon Farming Community of Practice to share knowledge and provide information and resources. We also develop and share resources within the Knowledge Hub to support NRM staff – from dedicated carbon farming staff to the ‘carbon curious’ - to engage with carbon farming. Some of these resources are housed here in our website, but others can be accessed via our members-only Knowledge Hub and Collaboration spaces which you can login to from here.
If you would like more information, or to join the Carbon Farming and ERF Community of Practice, please get in touch with Knowledge Broker Rachel Clarke at [email protected].