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Funding rounds open to fast-track carbon farming methods



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MD 12/36 23 August, 2012

FUNDING ROUNDS OPEN TO FAST-TRACK CARBON FARMING METHODS

Indigenous groups, researchers and farming organisations can now access funds under two programs designed to fast-track development of carbon farming methodologies under the Gillard Government’s pioneering Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Groups or individuals keen to work up a methodology can now apply for funding under the Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund, as well as the Carbon Farming Futures Methodology Development Program.

“Researchers, farmers and Indigenous groups are working hard generating excellent ideas for reducing carbon emissions on the land, which make up around 18% of Australia’s total carbon pollution. These two grant programs will help turn innovative ideas into approved CFI methods,” said Mark Dreyfus, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

A total of $7.2 million will be made available over five years under the Methodology Development Program in support of projects that develop CFI methodologies, including measurement techniques and models.

A further $5.2 million of funding will flow over five years under the Research and Development stream of the Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund. This will be directed towards developing low-cost methodologies likely to have high Indigenous participation to help create real and lasting opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

The CFI allows farmers and land managers to play a part in the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future plan.

“By storing carbon or reducing emissions on the land through approved CFI projects, land managers can earn carbon credits and generate extra income by selling the credits to people and businesses wishing to offset their carbon pollution,” said Mr Dreyfus.

“These two funding programs will help build on substantial work already underway.”

Applications for both programs will be open for six weeks, until 4 October, 2012.

Further information and application forms are available on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website at: www.climatechange.gov.au/cfi.

Contact: Giulia Baggio 0400 918 776