Agriculture and Forestry Climate Solutions

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Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry (16Mb Download)

A Discussion Paper

Emissions in the agriculture and forestry sectors in Australia are high and growing.

The UNFCCC National Inventory Report suggests that sources of land use emissions, such as land clearing for agriculture and enteric (intestinal) fermentation from digestive processes in livestock, contribute 15% of national emissions.

Australia’s land use sector is in a unique position to mitigate (reduce) climate impacts and take a leading role in addressing climate change.

Agriculture and forestry are the only sectors of the Australian economy that can draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere by sequestering it in growing plants and in the soil.

The agriculture and forestry sectors can mitigate climate impacts on the land, bringing prosperity to rural areas in the process. The Zero carbon Australia Land Use report explores how this can be done.

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