Australian agriculture depends on a biodiverse and well-managed natural resource base. Agricultural land managers are responsible for managing 58% of our landmass.
The Australian Government’s Agriculture Stewardship Package will develop arrangements to reward farmers for protecting biodiversity and identify other sustainability opportunities. Environmental markets and certification systems can reward farmers for protecting and improving biodiversity. They can diversify and boost farm income, providing alternative income sources to build resilience.
The Australian Government previously committed $34 million over 4 years from 2018-19 to 2022-2023) to develop and trial these approaches.The Australian National University is using a $3.4 million grant to design and develop the pilots in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. This includes the rules for participating and processes for measuring, reporting and verifying environmental outcomes.
The guidelines, planting protocols and other information on the C+B Pilot is available from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
Information on the ERF is available from the Clean Energy Regulator.