Carbon sequestration is the process of removal and storage of carbon (i.e. carbon dioxide) from the atmosphere in carbon sinks (such as forests, woody plants or soils). Sustainable land management practices that encourage carbon sequestration in South Australia can include:
- revegetation of cleared land areas with environmental plantings with the intent of providing ecosystem services such as biodiversity enhancement, soil protection and reducing salinity
- encouraging the use of woody crops in farming landscapes (e.g. farm forestry, renewable bioenergy crops, carbon crops and fodder shrubs)
- managing annual cropping and grazing practices in ways in which retain more carbon in soil profiles
- maintaining or increasing the health of natural vegetation systems in conservation areas, remnant vegetation on farms and pastoral regions.
The South Australian Government places an important emphasis on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the encouragement of carbon storage methodologies as outlined in the State’s Greenhouse Strategy. An objective of the strategy is to strengthen the resilience of industries reliant on natural resources in the face of a changing climate. It also aims to target commercial opportunities and develop products and services that both mitigate the release of greenhouse gasses and provide commercial opportunities for rural communities and the State.
DEWNR develops policies, supports programs and conducts research to encourage sustainable land management practices and activities that include carbon sequestration, revegetation, perennial farming systems and farm forestry.
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