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Carbon farming opportunities highlighted in workshops

The sessions in Bourke on 22 May and Cobar on 23 May will address carbon farming opportunities in the rangelands.

Western Local Land Services Team Leader, Anna Hanson said the sessions would be presented by John Gavin from Remarkable NRM.

"John has extensive experience in Western NSW and an in-depth understanding of the Carbon Farming Initiative," Ms Hanson said.

"The aim of these sessions is to provide landholders with an update on the Carbon Farming Initiative and current government policy and take a look at the types of projects possible.

"We will also be looking at the current level of carbon farming activity in the Western region, talking about local projects and providing people with information about the methodology being used for carbon farming projects in the local area."

The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) is an Australian Government initiative that allows farmers and other land managers to earn carbon credits by storing carbon in vegetation and soil and by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions

Those credits can then be sold to businesses that want to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

"By taking part in the carbon market, land managers can create additional income for their businesses," Ms Hanson said.

"Landholders in other areas are finding that carbon farming is helping to enhance their profitability, while also protecting the natural environment."

The workshops will explain the approved methodologies that can be used in Western NSW, the rules for implementing and monitoring carbon farming projects and how carbon credits are generated.

Workshop details are:

Bourke: Thursday 22 May, 9am-2pm, Diggers on the Darling, Sturt St, Bourke

Cobar: Friday 23 May, 9am-2pm, Cobar Bowling and Golf Club, Bloxham St, Cobar

Lunch and morning tea will be provided. Registrations are needed for catering purposes by phoning Anna Hanson on 02 6870 8623 or by email to  anna.hanson@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Maree Barnes 0427 256814 / 02 6841 2749