Duff Carbon Farming

This project establishes permanent native forests through assisted regeneration from in-situ seed sources (including rootstock and lignotubers) on land that was cleared of vegetation and where regrowth was suppressed for at least 10 years prior to the project having commenced.

The Solution

The methodology of producing carbon credits of this project is based upon Human-Induced Regeneration (HIR) of a permanent even-aged native forest in the Paroo Shire local government area of Queensland, Australia.

The project provides a wide range of benefits, including an improvement of water quality in the Paroo River through changed management practices. Such a simple project activity, as shifting operational practices, has a broad impact. Notably, the flow on effect allows for improved ecosystems down river, including the Currawinya Lakes; a wetland of international Sustainable Development Goals importance.

Management Actions Indigenous Opportunities

  • Cessation of mechanical or chemical destruction or suppression of regrowth
  • Counter climactic cyclical grazing -managing the timing and the extent
  • Impact of feral species is being reduced
  • The local indigenous community have native title interest on land that the property covers and share in the project revenue
  • Additional access to traditional lands for cultural and heritage objectives and bush tucker

Sustainable Development Goals / Outcomes

  • Increased biodiversity in the region
  • Over 220,000 ACCUs delivered to date.
  • More than one million tonnes of CO2-e emissions are being sequestered over 25 years using the sheer size of the property to advantage.
  • Previous agricultural practices that caused significant suppression of native vegetation are being discontinued to allow it to regrow.
  • Protection of 18 km of riparian zones along the Paroo River. The river is of the most pristine rivers in southwest Queensland and feeds into the Ramsar wetlands of the Currawinya lakes.