There could be a welcome side effect of carbon credits.
Will this scheme aimed at fixing the climate crisis also help to save rural and degraded landscapes?
In recent years, Australian farmers and other landholders have been signing up for 'carbon farming' credits, including being paid not to clear native vegetation on their properties.
In places like western NSW, it is transforming otherwise degraded and largely unproductive country. A similar scheme of so-called 'reef credits' is proposed for Great Barrier Reef catchments.
Heartlands Conversations presented by The Blue Mountains Music Festival. 17 March 2018.
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