Recognising on-farm biodiversity management
Published 23 Nov 2020
This video provides a precis of the Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Phase 1 Report delivered to the National Farmers’ Federation in July 2020. During the consultation for this report, farmers identified the complexity, cost and difficulty of assessing and participating in multiple programs, as barriers to participating in current stewardship programs, including market-based initiatives.
The report found that best results were likely to come from an overarching framework that connected and verified current and emerging programs and provided farmers with choice. This framework will provide a pathway to assuring market access, demonstrating robustness of verification and measurement tools, and supporting the further diversification of economic opportunities for farmers.
The NFF is now focussed on developing a framework or meta-standard for Australian agriculture sustainability as part of the Australian Government’s $34 million Agricultural Stewardship package.