Biochar and Energy from Trees
Increased landscape resilience requires a substantial reconfiguration of landuses with changed ratios of cropping/grazing habitat for biodiversity and benign industries based on woody perennial vegetation which deliver a range of ecosystem services and land-care benefits.
The anticipated long-term outcomes of this project include:
- Improved biodiversity through targeted habitat restoration driven by carbon sequestration markets
- Landcare improvements (water quality, erosion mitigation, stock shelter) through planting of tree crops driven by bioenergy markets
- Soil quality improvement and carbon storage through biochar application
- More resilient farming enterprises based on diversified income streams
- Nationally and internationally recognized advancements in academic understanding of the use of market mechanisms to achieve landscape resilience
The provision of a feasibility analysis and business model will ensure that the community is positioned to take advantage of emerging biofuel and carbon markets if they so wish. Guidelines for targeted application of these new landuses will also ensure that the community is well-informed about the practical applications of these new opportunities. By working closely with the community through farmer groups and community leaders, the researchers will ensure that the results are "owned" by the community and that their applications will not be dependent on ongoing support from external parties.
In addition to its application in Australia, the findings of this research will be relevant around the world, in wheat-sheep agricultural regions with a Mediterranean climate.
University of Adelaide
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
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