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Creating frameworks to foster soil carbon sequestration


Henry, B and Dalal, R and Harrison, MT and Keating, B, Creating frameworks to foster soil carbon sequestration, Understanding and fostering soil carbon sequestration, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited, C Rumpel (ed), Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 914. ISBN 9781786769695 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]


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Copyright The Authors 2022. This is an open access chapter distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC BY)

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DOI: doi:10.19103/AS.2022.0106.25


Restorative land management has potential to remove atmospheric carbon dioxide and store carbon in stable forms in soils contributing to climate change mitigation, healthier soils and food security supporting Paris Agreement targets and Sustainable Development Goals. We examine the evidence for a multi-disciplinary approach to designing frameworks to foster practices that increase soil carbon based on: (1) sound biophysical evidence linking practices to carbon sequestration in diverse soils and climates; (2) policy options for providing financial incentives for high-quality carbon offsets; (3) measurement systems that appropriately balance cost-effectiveness and accuracy; and (4) integration of economic, social and cultural dimensions that recognise co-benefits and trade-offs, and provide confidence for decision-making. As a policy framework with crediting and purchasing functions for soil carbon sequestration projects, the Australian Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is reviewed to provide insights into barriers and opportunities for uptake. We also review research needs across biophysical and socio-economic disciplines.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:soil carbon, policy, MRV, monitoring, reporting, verification, co-design, social, economic, environmental, greenhouse gas, mitigation, carbon capture and storage, compliance, markets, sequestration, vegetation, natural capital, ecosystems services
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural land management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Harrison, MT (Associate Professor Matthew Harrison)
ID Code:149109
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-03-09
Last Modified:2023-01-16
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