The Carbon Farming Awareness project is aimed at raising the awareness of individuals and communities of the South West NRM Region about carbon farming and the possible opportunities and risks that this presents.
This is a State-wide project being managed by Rangelands NRM, on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA). Perth NRM is administering the project and all other NRM Regional bodies are involved in the delivery.
The project aim is to increase the number of landholders in the South West NRM region that understand carbon farming, its associated opportunities and risks and activities undertaken will provide regional communities with up-to-date information about a range of topics that are relevant to the landholder and provide guidance on how to actively participate in the program. These include holding workshops and field days, establishing a demonstration site and distributing the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) information packages at regional events, through regional networks and on the SWCC website.
As part of this awareness raising project, DAFWA, with project partner input, has produced a number of Fact Sheets by analysing and capturing current and emerging information on carbon farming related policy, legislation and science, to identify carbon farming opportunities and risks. The 16 fact sheets cover farming activities relating to soil, cattle, sheep, fuels and planting. These fact sheets have already been distributed at two regional events and can also be found on the SWCC website.
Promotion of the project and its Facts Sheets through media releases and other communication mechanisms and attendance at regional events are planned for the future. A field day and one workshop on carbon farming activities will also be held during the 2014/15 financial year. A demonstration site will be established that involves monitoring the carbon farming activity for its carbon and production benefits.