Burnett Mary Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot
Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship
The Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot [hyperlink] (the Pilot) is a component of the Australian Government’s $34 million Agriculture Stewardship Package [hyperlink], which has been developed in partnership with the Australian National University [hyperlink] (ANU).
The Pilot will trial a market-based mechanism that will reward participating farmers for improving environmental outcomes on agricultural land. Through the Pilot, farmers will establish biodiverse environmental plantings between 5-200 hectares on-farm and will be rewarded for increasing on-farm biodiversity and carbon abatement.
Participants who establish and maintain biodiverse environmental plantings in accordance with the C+B planting protocol [hyperlink] will be eligible to receive payments for biodiversity outcomes. They will also be able to receive Australian Carbon Credit Units [hyperlink ERF ACCU’s section] (ACCUs) for the carbon sequestered in the plantings under the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund [hyperlink] (ERF). Participants will be able to sell the ACCUs to the Australian Government or other buyers, which would provide an additional source of revenue for the projects.
Farmers are required to protect and maintain the credited carbon stocks (plantings) for a minimum of 25 years, consistent with the ERF guidelines.
Who is running the Pilot?
The Burnett Mary Regional Group [hyperlink] (BMRG) will be facilitating the delivery of the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot with farmers in the Burnett Mary region.
If you are interested in submitting an expression of interest through the Agriculture Stewardship Portal, BMRG can assist you with:
- Localised information on the Burnett Mary Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot
- Discussing and identifying potential project area/s
- Regional ecosystem information to identify land types and vegetation classifications
- Proposal development
Before applying, you must read and understand the Agriculture Stewardship Program Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot Guidelines [hyperlink].
BMRG recommends that you seek independent professional advice about your participation in this pilot, particularly financial, legal, and agronomic.
How does it work?
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Who can apply?
Farmers in the Burnett Mary region who predominantly use their freehold land for agricultural purposes.
To be eligible, you must also satisfy additional requirements outlined in the Agriculture Stewardship Program Guidelines [hyperlink to page 14].
To be eligible, your project must satisfy the following requirements:
- All planting areas associated with a project must be located within the same pilot region.
- Projects must cover an area of between 5 and 200 hectares.
- The environmental plantings must be carried out in accordance with the C+B planting protocol and be planted at a minimum density of 400 stems per hectare.
- Projects must not receive financial or other support for the establishment of the plantings under another federal, state/territory or local government environment program.
You cannot submit more than three applications in total. If you submit more than three applications, on the first three will be considered.
For more information, see the requirements for the ERF environmental planting method [hyperlink] guide.