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Millions of tonnes of carbon emissions to be stored in carbon

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28 November 2016

Soil carbon sequestration projects are being conducted across a number of properties in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, which will achieve more than 7.5 million tonnes of abatement through sequestration in soil on land used for grazing.

The projects are being implemented with a mix of landholders, including on aboriginal and rural lands, and make use of the PundaZoie Company’s system of sustainable agriculture based on integrated grazing with a unique mix of perennial plant species that are also harvested and processed into food for people and livestock.

The plants’ deep root structure, continual growth patterns, planned grazing and changed management practices result in stimulating soil microbial activity and reducing the amount of carbon that is otherwise released through oxidative conventional farming practices.

This approach increases the amount of stored soil organic carbon, reduces ground heat reflectance, retains moisture, regenerates the landscape and improves farm productivity and resilience, particularly on marginal agricultural soils.

In addition, a wide range of community and environmental co-benefits are also delivered, including the creation of new jobs in rural and regional Australia.

The projects, run by Corporate Carbon Solutions in partnership with the PundaZoie Company, Regenerative Australian Farmers and landholders, will see conventional pastoral management practices replaced by a program of activity that builds soil carbon sequestration as well as increasing on-farm returns.

Key features of the project will be regenerative landscape management, commodity food production and reduced global warming, that includes:

  • increasing organic matter in soils with permanent groundcover and selected vegetation
  • selecting pasture grasses and shrubs that do not require synthetic fertiliser, irrigation or annual broadacre crop establishment
  • managing the landscapes to reduce farm risks from changing climatic conditions such as, drought, wind, erosion, and salinity
  • delivering commercial net gains to landowners and communities from a healthier agricultural environment.

Soil carbon stocks are measured at project sites at regular intervals during the project to calculate soil carbon sequestration.

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