Managing Fire For Safety & Sustainability

Carbon projects

The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) provides opportunities to land owners and managers to earn carbon credits which can be sold to the government, individuals or corporations to offset their emissions. There are a number of approved methods for earning carbon credits – each requires the land owner to undertake certain activities on their property that either store carbon, or reduce emissions.

The Carbon Farming (Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Early Dry Season Savanna Burning 1.1) Methodology Determination 2013 outlines the conditions under which a land manager can use early dry season burning to earn credits. Late season wildfires are typically more intense and emit 52% more carbon per unit area than early season fires*. By burning early in the season to reduce fuel loads in the landscape, these late fires can be stopped or reduced in size and severity.

Firescape Science works with a number of carbon brokers and directly with clients to prepare fire management plans and verified vegetation fuel type maps for properties seeking to register a project under the CFI scheme.

Our team of highly experienced botanists have prepared verified vegetation maps for a number of properties on Cape York Peninsula that have met audit requirements and now have approved projects. Several clients have successfully sold credits at auction.

 

* J. Russell-Smith, P. Whitehead and P. Cooke. Culture, Ecology and Economy of Fire Management in North Australian Savannas—Rekindling the Wurrk Tradition. CSIRO Publishing, 2009