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Sustainable Practice Targets<br />- an overview<br />Presented by: Dr Michele Barson, <br />Science Adviser to Caring for ...
Caring for our Country objectives<br />… initiative that seeks to achieve an environment that is healthy, better protected...
Caring for our Country Targets – background to development<br /><ul><li>Outcomes agreed by Ministers
International obligations
EPBC Act matters
National strategies
National Land and Water Resources Audit recommendations for soil condition</li></li></ul><li>Factors taken into account in...
Why soils?<br />Soils<br />are the engine room for food production<br />contain vast quantities of carbon and water and su...
Key soil condition factors being addressed in Caring for our Country<br />Soil carbon<br /> Soil pH<br /> Wind erosion<br ...
Choosing practices to improve soil condition…Those that deliver…<br /><ul><li>Productivity/profitability gains (to encoura...
essential ecosystem services (protected biodiversity, clean air and water and healthy soils) in a changing climate (C4oC’s...
improved farm and landscape resilience in a changing climate</li></li></ul><li>Some practices expected to improve soil con...
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Sustainable Practice Targets - an overview

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Sustainable Practice Targets - an overview

  1. 1. Sustainable Practice Targets<br />- an overview<br />Presented by: Dr Michele Barson, <br />Science Adviser to Caring for our Country<br />
  2. 2. Caring for our Country objectives<br />… initiative that seeks to achieve an environment that is healthy, better protected, well managed, resilient, and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate. Essential ecosystem services include protected biodiversity, clean air and water and healthy soils which support sustainable food and fibre industries.<br />
  3. 3. Caring for our Country Targets – background to development<br /><ul><li>Outcomes agreed by Ministers
  4. 4. International obligations
  5. 5. EPBC Act matters
  6. 6. National strategies
  7. 7. National Land and Water Resources Audit recommendations for soil condition</li></li></ul><li>Factors taken into account in developing the targets<br />Assets to be protected and supporting policy<br />Availability of information about the assets<br />Confidence that the actions to be supported will make a measurable difference<br />Likely levels of funding<br />Capacity to monitor and report on the impact of the investment<br />
  8. 8. Why soils?<br />Soils<br />are the engine room for food production<br />contain vast quantities of carbon and water and support the majority of terrestrial biodiversity<br />supply key ecosystem services<br />Provide: food, fibre, clean water, biodiversity<br />Regulate: water storage, carbon sequestration, filter contaminants, absorb organic waste<br />a part of the landscape closely managed by farmers<br />
  9. 9. Key soil condition factors being addressed in Caring for our Country<br />Soil carbon<br /> Soil pH<br /> Wind erosion<br /> Water erosion<br />
  10. 10. Choosing practices to improve soil condition…Those that deliver…<br /><ul><li>Productivity/profitability gains (to encourage adoption by farmers). Note food and fibre production is also an ecosystem service! AND
  11. 11. essential ecosystem services (protected biodiversity, clean air and water and healthy soils) in a changing climate (C4oC’s objective) AND
  12. 12. improved farm and landscape resilience in a changing climate</li></li></ul><li>Some practices expected to improve soil condition<br />
  13. 13.
  14. 14. Monitoring progress – ABS’ biennial Agricultural Resource Management Survey<br /><ul><li>2007-08 baseline assessment of 55 land management practices associated with C4oC’s sustainable farm practices targets
  15. 15. follow up in 2009-10 and 2011-12
  16. 16. 33,000 farm businesses (EVAO > $5000 surveyed)
  17. 17. national, state and NRM region level reporting for 4 major industry groups</li></li></ul><li>Broadacre cropping industry -preliminary ARMS results<br />
  18. 18. Preliminary ARMS results - Landscape scale conservation target<br />
  19. 19. Resource condition reporting investments – will practice change make a difference?<br />Foundation investments include:<br /><ul><li>Integrated wind erosion monitoring, including ground cover monitoring in the rangelands
  20. 20. National methods for soil carbon and pH monitoring
  21. 21. Investigation of potential for improving detection and monitoring of water erosion</li>

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