Australian Rangeland Society

A new publication has just been released which showcases the results from a four-year long, WA-wide carbon awareness project. The Royalties for Regions Carbon Project – Showcase details the achievements of five of the Western Australian Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups who worked with land managers to develop 25 demonstration sites throughout WA.

According to the NRM WA press release, the project commenced in 2012 after Royalties for Regions (R4R) awarded funding to the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) to deliver a state-wide, carbon farming awareness project. The aim was to develop an understanding in regional WA of the productivity, profitability and sustainability potential of carbon farming, associated risks and supporting communities to responsibly manage their natural resources.

In order to build capacity at all levels and strengthen linkages between research and land managers, DAFWA opted to partner with six of the WA NRM groups to deliver the project—Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC), Rangelands NRM, South Coast NRM, South West Catchment Council (SWCC) and Wheatbelt NRM.

Together the partners worked to fill research gaps and improve general understanding of the complex and dynamic federal carbon legislation and carbon market environment.

Copies of the report can be downloaded from the NRM WA website http://www.nrmwa.org.au/publications, or can be obtained by contacting Rangelands NRM on 08 9468 8250 or info@rangelandswa.com.au