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Carbon and rural land use: key findings

The report 'An analysis of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Biosequestration Opportunities from Rural Land Use' estimates the amount of greenhouse gases that can be stored or mitigated by changes in rural land use in Queensland and more broadly, Australia.

  • 18 August 2009 | Updated 14 October 2011


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Prepared by CSIRO at the request of the Queensland Premier’s Council on Climate Change, the report provides the best available scientific information on mitigation strategies and carbon sink options that could help Australia meet its national and international greenhouse gas emissions targets.

While the report has been prepared for Queensland, national estimates have been made and many of the findings translate nationally. The report extends the findings of the Garnaut Review 2008 by examining risks, barriers and uncertainties and by estimating levels of carbon storage and mitigation that are realistically attainable.  

This document summarises key findings and rural land use options from information in the report. The entire report is available online: An Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Carbon Biosequestration Opportunities from Rural Land Use.