wheatSoil carbon sequestration is a win-win strategy. It mitigates climate change by offsetting anthropogenic emissions; improves the environment, especially the quality of natural waters; enhances soil quality; improves agronomic productivity; and advances food security. It is the low-hanging fruit and a bridge to the future, until carbon-neutral fuel sources and low-carbon economy take effect

field“Agriculture is recognized as a sector with such potential and farmers, ranchers, herders and other land users around the world can and should be part of the solution to climate change.”

  • HANDThe full mitigation potential of agriculture was not considered during the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol because of scientific uncertainty at the time. Yet since then, science has caught up, and monitoring the CO2 sequestration into soils can be monitored with much greater accuracy


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Acronyms used in this presentation

ABARE Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics
ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
ACCC Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
ATO Australian Taxation Office
ATTRA Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Agriculture
BAU Business As Usual
BD Biodynamic Agriculture
CO2-e Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
CPRS Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
DCC Department of Climate Change
DPI Department of Primary Industries
EITE Emissions Intensive and Trade Exposed
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ETS Emission Trading Scheme
EU European Union
FAO-AGL Food and Agricultural Organisation Land and Water Division Above Ground Level
FAO-DEWA Food and Agricultural Organisation Division of Early Warning and Assessment
FiBl Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (Forschungsinstitut für Biologischen Landbau)
GEO Global Environmental Outlook
GHG Greenhouse Gases
GRDC Grains Research Development Corporation
GST Goods and Services Tax
GWP Greenhouse Warming Potential
IFOAM International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements
IMF International Monetary Fund
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
ISD Institute for Sustainable Development
NOAA National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association
NRM National Resource Management
OR Organic Centre
OFA Organic Federation of Australia.
UNCCC United Nations Convention on Climate Change
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNEP United Nations Environmental Programme
UN-FAO United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation
UNU United Nations University
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
WMO World Meteorological Organisation