Can carbon farming change the face of rural Australia?
By Rod Keenan (VCCCAR Director) and Snow Barlow (PIARN Convenor)
Article published on 16 June 2011 on The Conversation - www.theconversation.edu.au
The Final Report of the 2011 Garnaut Climate Change Review made a strong case for including land based reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and biosequestration activities in a carbon pricing scheme.
Garnaut considers that payments for these activities could transform rural land use and greatly expand the economic prospects of rural Australia. To realise this potential, the government would need to directly link its proposed Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and carbon pricing.