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Carbon farming may hold key to bush regeneration

Date: 01-Apr-19
Author: Liam Taylor

The mulga tree is often used as feed for livestock in times of drought, but carbon farming could change that.

The mulga tree is often used as feed for livestock in times of drought, but carbon farming could change that.

An indigenous group is hoping new carbon farming projects might enable them to regenerate drought-ravaged bushland in south-west Queensland.

The Budjiti Aboriginal Corporation, who hold native title in the Paroo Shire Council region, have been working with Climate Friendly to instigate carbon farming projects in the area for the past four years. The group now hopes to start its own regional projects in order to regenerate native plants, traditional medicines and bush tucker.

With the area drought-declared for six years straight now, graziers have often been forced to use native mulga trees to help feed livestock. It is hoped that by encouraging carbon farming, these trees can be protected while farmers are provided an alternative income.

Carbon farming is a term used to encompass the range of agricultural methods aimed at sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil on agricultural land. This has the benefits of not only removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere but also increasing the carbon content of soil, which can encourage plant growth, increase soil organic matter, improve water retention and reduce fertiliser use. 

The projects set up by the Budjiti people will aim to farm carbon in a human-induced regeneration process where blocks of land are protected from agricultural use, creating living carbon stores. Farmers who sign up to the projects receive financial compensation for allowing these blocks of land to grow free of disturbance.


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Liam                                              Taylor
Author: Liam Taylor

Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia. Joining the communications team at Planet Ark, he hopes to inspire positive environmental behaviour through effective and positive messaging.

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