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Forest Protocol White Papers

When Version 3.0 of the Climate Action Reserves Forest Project Protocol (FPP) was adopted by the Reserves Board of Directors on September 1, 2009 the Board instructed Reserve staff to continue to explore a series of issues related to forest carbon accounting and forest management practices. To this end, the Reserve has commissioned a series of white papers to examine these issues in more depth. The white papers cover the following topics:

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US expert praises Australian soil carbon efforts

A United States soil expert says Australian farmers are leading the world in preparing for emissions trading.

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Soil carbon levels declining

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Soil carbon levels in New Zealand are declining in some areas because of erosion and some farming activities.

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Farmers should own soil carbon, says report

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A Victorian Parliamentary committee report has found farmers should own the carbon in their soil.

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Soil carbon market is of ‘little value’ to farmers

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The policy, announced on Saturday, commits to opening up opportunities for farmers in international carbon markets.

The Prime Minister said carbon stored in soil and vegetation could be worth “about $500 million over 10 years”.

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View: Soil carbon deserves credit

OPINION: Marlborough farmer Doug Avery has a revealing story about commercial greed and the perception that farmers are made of money.

“One day a young lad working at Dalgety’s Blenheim store sold a shovel handle to a customer he did not know. “Who shall I charge that to?” he inquired. “Mr Marfell from Seddon,” was the answer. The man left. The lad went to the charge book to write in the entry. To his amazement there were pages of Marfells.

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Soil carbon potential in grazed northern rangelands

Pastoralists can run livestock and increase the levels of carbon in the soil and vegetation, according to a recent study of the North West region of Western Australia by the Department of Agriculture and Food.

The study investigated the opportunities and risks of carbon-based enterprises in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions.

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Carbon trading puts lead boot into farmers

TRADING of soil carbon may not be a clear-cut benefit to farmers, a new Australian Farm Institute report says; in some cases, the costs of measuring and maintaining soil carbon may mean it is a loss-making enterprise.

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  • Published: May 7th, 2010
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Event: Carbon in soil and trees seminar

Carbon is the buzzword these days. The major political parties have each proposed schemes to reduce carbon emissions and a common theme is incentives to sequester carbon in soil and trees. A number of private companies are already urging landowners to sign up………

The Department of Industry and Investment is offering free seminars on Tuesday, May 11 at Thora (2pm-4pm) and Coramba (7pm-9pm)……..

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Grass cure to carbon woes

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GRASS is the best cure for our greenhouse-gas woes, says leading Australian soil biologist Dr Christine Jones.

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Carbon neutralcountry a ‘very real prospect’

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New Zealand could become carbon neutral if farmers act now to increase the levels of carbon in their soils, according to leading Australian carbon farmer Louisa Kiely.

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  • Published: May 3rd, 2009
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Forest Litter Production and Soil Carbon Sequestration

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Reference
Liu, L., King, J.S., Booker, F.L., Giardina, C.P., Allen, H.L. and Hu, S. 2009.

Enhanced litter input rather than changes in litter chemistry drive soil carbon and nitrogen cycles under elevated CO2: a microcosm study. Global Change Biology 15: 441-453.

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The authors write that “elevated CO2 has been shown to stimulate plant productivity and change litter chemistry,” and that “these changes in substrate availability may then alter soil microbial processes and possibly lead to feedback effects on nitrogen availability.” However, they state that “the strength of this feedback, and even its direction, remains unknown,” and that “uncertainty remains whether sustained increases in net primary productivity [such as typically occur in response to increases in the air’s CO2 content] will lead to increased long-term carbon storage in soil.”

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Building Carbon Momentum

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ANNE KRUGER, PRESENTER: Speaking of climate change and the Federal Government says global financial crisis or not, it remains firmly committed to the introduction of an emissions trading scheme. And there are early signs from the Obama Administration it’s taking the whole issue a little more seriously than its predecessors in Washington. If the Americans join a United Nations push for soil carbon to be recognised under the Kyoto Protocols as a greenhouse offset, it could have an enormous impact in Australia, where carbon farming is on the rise.

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