Regulating and penalising primary producers to achieve environmental outcomes overlooks the enormous potential of a collaborative, voluntary approach based on payment for ecosystem services – and that’s where AgForce’s ‘AgCarE’ program comes in.
AgCarE (Agriculture Carbon and the Environment) is an accounting program developed by AgForce that strengthens our move toward a natural capital approach, identifying and acknowledging rural property performance by enabling increased income streams for agriculture through:
- Improved production on healthy landscapes
- Payment for ecosystem services
- Lower-risk finance from rural lenders
The AgCarE program provides low cost, medium risk options for carbon abatement, drought mitigation, improved biodiversity, and sustainable long-term landscape management and business resilience.
It uses existing science and metrics to create a flexible, modular, scalable framework with multiple uses when it comes to recording data.
AgForce’s AgCarE program connects water quality, biodiversity, soil carbon, and overall profitability into a low cost, repeatable and scalable program that can be used for everything from drought strategies and certified carbon neutral products, to a multiplier for Australian Carbon Credit Unit based projects.
What we need now is for governments to back industry to create frameworks that tell the whole story, not just fragments.
That’s how we create a truly unified system that allows landholders to not only get paid for environmental goods and services, but that reduces regulation, while increasing the resilience of rural and regional communities.