Sustainably Managing Australian Riparian Zones in a Carbon-Constrained Economy: Management Practices for FarmersTek Narayan Maraseni*
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 4350, Queensland, Australia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Tek Narayan Maraseni
Institute of Agriculture and Environment
University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba, 4350, Queensland, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 13, 2016; Accepted date: October 31, 2016; Published date: November 10, 2016
Citation: Maraseni TN (2016) Sustainably Managing Australian Riparian Zones in a Carbon-Constrained Economy: Management Practices for Farmers. J Earth Sci Clim Change 7:372. doi: 10.4172/2157-7617.1000372
Copyright: © 2016 Maraseni TN. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The riparian zone is crucial in providing a number of important environmental services but its condition is becoming increasingly degraded and thus is under serious threat. Therefore protection, restoration and rehabilitation of riparian environments is a priority. In a carbon constrained economy, greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation or carbon sequestration activities are rewarded. Therefore, for farmers, a better understanding of no regret farming activities, which increase the profitability and sustainability of the farming systems is desirable. This review provides farmers with recommendations for best management practices in Australian riparian zones. Adopting these practices represent significant opportunities for farmers to enhance carbon sequestration and reduce GHG emissions whilst improving the efficiency and profitability of their farming system. Many of these practices are eligible activities under the Australian Government Emissions Reduction Funds and those which are not, have the potential to be included in the future.