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Farmers to get paid for planting trees in new biodiversity pilot | Stock Journal



FARMERS in six regions across the nation will have the opportunity to get paid to plant mixed-species trees on their property, under a new government trial program.

Farmers can already participate in carbon markets under the Emissions Reduction Fund, but the new Carbon+Biodiversity pilot will try a new approach that will also see the government pay farmers for the biodiversity benefits they deliver.

Participates will get paid for the first three years of the trial and will earn carbon credits for at least 25 years, which they can sell to the government or to private buyers.

Developed by the Australian National University, the pilot program will test processes and protocols that measure and reward farmers for undertaking the plantings,…

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