A project using this method stores carbon in soils on grazing land by introducing activities that increase inputs of carbon to the soil, reduce loss of carbon from the soil, or both.
The project must be located in Australia, excluding Australia's external territories. The land on which a project occurs must have been under permanent pasture or continuously cropped for at least five years before applying to conduct the project or before conducting a baseline sampling round, whichever occurs first (See Division 2.4 of the method).
The land can be managed using a range of activities to build soil carbon including, but not limited to:
Activities implemented as part of the project must include at least one new management activity and some activities, such as permanent de-stocking, are not eligible (See Division 3.2 of the method).
A series of measurements is used to estimate changes in soil carbon stocks over time. A soil sampling plan must be prepared and regular rounds of soil sampling and analysis need to be conducted. Collection of the samples must be done by a qualified technician and analysis must be completed in accredited laboratories.
Greenhouse gas emissions from other sources that have changed as a result of the project such as emissions from livestock, tillage events and applications of lime or synthetic fertiliser must be calculated to find the net abatement from the project.
The sequestering carbon in soils in grazing systems method was varied in June 2015. The method must be read together with the methodology determination variation, which provides details on the changes.
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