Farmers Welcome Biodiversity & Carbon Program
Establishing a platform to trade biodiversity and emissions abatement credits from revegetation is a good step from the Federal Government, says Farmers for Climate Action.
The program falls under the Agriculture Stewardship Package introduced last year and received some funding in the recent May budget.
Farmers for Climate Action Interim CEO Fiona Davis said:
“We are encouraged by Minister Littleproud’s growing commitment to net zero emissions and believe the program has real potential.”
Farmers for Climate Action Chair, Charlie Prell, a sheep farmer from Crookwell NSW said:
“Building off the work pioneered by Queensland’s Land Restoration Fund, the Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme recognises the important role farmers play in supporting Australia to meet its international climate commitments and protect ecosystems.
“Providing extra income for farmers to increase their biodiversity and capture carbon is a win-win for Aussie farmers and the environment. Farmers want to lead the transition to a net zero economy in Australia. Global markets are demanding this and many farmers have already been adapting their practices for decades to adapt to and mitigate climate change.”
“We look forward to working with Minister Littleproud and the Agriculture department in supporting this important program to get off the ground and encouraging farmers to take part.”