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May 12th, 2011
ECOS Reviews Proposed ‘Carbon Farming Initiative’

Challenges facing the CFI include effective codes of practice – for example, ensuring carbon remains locked up in ‘carbon forest’ plantations for at least 100 years. Carbon can also be locked up in soil.

CSIRO’s Dr Jeff Baldock says land clearing and agriculture in Australia have resulted in losses of 20–70 per cent of soil carbon, compared with undisturbed areas.

“This has created an opportunity for farmers to rebuild soil carbon,” Dr Baldock says.

If the CFI bill is passed by Parliament, it will become the world’s first legislated mechanism for generating carbon credits from farm projects. Read More