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Reforestation under a Carbon Market: Key Findings

This ‘Opportunities and Threats for South Australia’s Agricultural Landscapes from Reforestation under a Carbon Market’ report examines the likely effects of a carbon market on the supply and demand for tree plantings to sequester carbon in agricultural lands.

  • 18 March 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011

In this article

  1. Introduction
  2. Key findings

Introduction

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This report discusses a range of associated policy issues, opportunities and threats to soil and water resources, biodiversity and agricultural production.

A carbon trading market in Australia may create significant demand for carbon permits for businesses to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

Some prediction of the behaviour and impacts of the carbon market can be used to inform potential policy responses to ensure an optimal balance for land use.

A key part of the study is modelling of:

  • profits from traditional dryland agriculture
  • the potential biosequestration of carbon under permanent single species and mixed native tree reforestation systems,
  • the economic viability of carbon biosequestration under various commodity price scenarios
  • the spatial location and extent of management priorities for key natural resources.

The modelling in this study assumed price-only driven scenarios unrestrained by natural resource management policy and planning controls, investment risks or other barriers to adoption.

While the study has focused on the agricultural landscape of South Australia, its findings are relevant to other states and nationally.