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Videos explain Carbon Farming Initiative

Friday 26 April, 2013
Farmers and landholders in the Goulburn Broken Catchment wanting to know more about the Australian Government's Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) can now access the latest information through a new series of on-line videos.

Farmers and landholders in the Goulburn Broken Catchment wanting to know more about the Australian Government's Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) can now access the latest information through a new series of on-line videos.

Victoria's Regional Landcare Facilitators and the Victorian Landcare Council have produced a series of YouTube videos and DVDs on the CFI. The videos provide an overview of the CFI, explain the key features of carbon markets and describe practical actions that farm businesses can take now to improve their farm and emissions performance.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Regional Landcare Facilitator Charlie Sexton said the videos featured expert presenters with extensive experience in farming and marketing carbon including Corey Watts from The Climate Institute; Graeme Anderson from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries; and Ben Keogh from Australian Carbon Traders.

"These presenters were all part of the CFI Roadshow that visited towns across Victoria, including the well-attended Shepparton session, last year," Mr Sexton said.

The CFI allows farmers and land managers to earn carbon credits by storing carbon or reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the land. These credits can then be sold to people and businesses wishing to offset their emissions.

The CFI also helps the environment by encouraging sustainable farming and providing a source of funding for landscape restoration projects.

Participation in the CFI is voluntary; farmers and landholders can choose whether or not to be involved.

The CFI will help Australian entities liable under the carbon price mechanism to meet their obligations and create economic opportunities for farmers and land managers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, while building resilience in the land sector to respond to the opportunities and risks of climate variability.

"All Regional Landcare Facilitators are contributing to the national CFI Communications Program which aims to raise awareness of how the CFI works, how to participate in and benefit from the scheme and where to get further information. The videos are part of a suite of communication products available to farmers and landowners about the CFI," Mr Sexton said.

View the videos via the Goulburn Broken CMA's YouTube channel or to order a copy of the DVD, please contact Charlie Sexton on 5761 1506 or charlies@gbcma.vic.gov.au

The videos and all associated material are supported by funding from the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry as part of the Carbon Farming Initiative Communications Program.