Permanent Environmental Plantings for Carbon Benefits
A Fitz-Stirling Perspective
• Permanent Environmental Plantings (PEPs) are an eligible activity under the Australian Government's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) for generating Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs).
• Research undertaken in the Fitz-Stirling area has highlighted sufficient capacity to establish PEPs for carbon sequestration with a range of variables requiring attention to maximise biomass production.
• Determining carbon sequestration potential of PEPs is technically demanding & complex.
• Motivations to establish PEPs will exist where farmers identify potential increases in agricultural productivity & enterprise profitability, for nature conservation purposes, or to meet aesthetic and altruistic objectives in addition to potentially attracting ACCUs.
• Additional co-benefits of PEPs for carbon may include:
- Reductions in spray drift, shade & shelter for livestock.
- Reduction of wind & water erosion, groundwater recharge control & the potential alleviation of dryland salinity.
- Enhancing farm and broader landscape biodiversity.
AREA: Fitz-Stirling (corridor of agricultural/reserve land between Fitzgerald River & Stirling Range national parks).
LOCATION: Eastern part of Shire of Gnowangerup & western part of Shire of Jerramungup.
AVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFALL: 456 mm
LAND USES: Mixture of remnant vegetation in nature reserves plus vegetated & managed remnant vegetation for conservation with neighbouring broad-acre agriculture.
SOIL TYPE: Wide ranging.
WHY HERE?: The Fitz-Stirling area is a focal point for the ambitious Gondwana Link project which aims to conserve & restore landscapes on a regional scale. This area will provide the South Coast community with a unique opportunity to see how best practice revegetation is undertaken & managed for long term benefits, including potential carbon benefits.
SPECIALIST PRACTITIONER: Justin Jonson, managing director, Threshold Environmental.