Carbon and co-benefits

The project is committed to investigating the potential for generating carbon credits in the project area in a similar way that Indigenous organisations have been successful in northern Australia with savannah burning projects.

South Pole has been commissioned  to undertaken a feasibility study to address the Australian Government’s prioritisation criteria for method development under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).  Work on the feasibility is due to be complete by late 2019.

Depending on the outcomes of the feasibility study, the project may support the development of a method to generate carbon credits able to be sold to the ERF or voluntary markets, or alternatively seek to investigate the development of carbon credits for sale on the voluntary market only using international standards.

In addition, the project will be investigating the development of co-benefits that can provide a premium price for carbon credits or more importantly be able to be sold and traded separate to carbon credits.  Co-benefits refer to social, cultural and environmental benefits that are derived from the land management activities associated with the generation of carbon credits, particularly through the use of cool season burning.

In a standalone version (with a link to carbon credits), co-benefits may include payments for ecosystem services (PES) or new products such as healthy country credits which are aligned to national and international commitments such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Carbon and co-benefits resources


Media release: A carbon story for the desert – exploring carbon reduction projects across Australia’s deserts

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"In traditional times there were no borders like now – no states and territories; no native title borders and different groups drawing lines. This project removes those borders so that we can work together to keep country and people healthy. It is an ambitious project that we are keen to do." Nyaparu Rose, Nyangumarta Warrarn Elder
10 Deserts Project steering committee member
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