Project number: 2017-188
Project Status:
Current
Budget expenditure: $110,000.00
Principal Investigator: Jim Houghton
Organisation: Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA)
Project start/end date: 28 Jan 2018 - 28 Jul 2020
Contact:
FRDC

Need

Natural capital is the soil, air, water and biodiversity-the natural resources used for food and fibre production. This grant activity will apply Natural Capital Accounting to the forestry, cotton and fisheries industries allowing producers to:
• incorporate natural assets into farm business systems to help identify risks and costs associated with using, and opportunities from improving, these assets and manage accordingly
• access cheaper finance, drawing on opportunities from finance organisations who explicitly incorporate natural capital in the credit risk calculations and offer lower interest rates for landholders who manage these assets
• demonstrate best practice management of natural assets and increase profitability by accessing premium markets.

Objectives

1. Define the objectives and nature of the relationship between natural capital and the primary industries
2. Identify the subjects of the accounts (e.g. soil, water, land, carbon sequestration, biodiversity) as defined by potential market drivers
3. Develop and define robust indicators appropriate for identified accounts.
4. Compile relevant natural assets for the production landscape
5. a collaborative engagement model to ensure industry engagement and adoption.

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PROJECT NUMBER • 2020-067
PROJECT STATUS:
CURRENT

SeSAFE – Delivering Industry Safety through Electronic Learning

1. INFORM, via an independent review, the design and application of user-pay funding models in Australian primary industries, the potential for a similar model to be introduced by SeSAFE in the fishing and aquaculture industry, and steps recommended to realise this outcome.
ORGANISATION:
Smart Fishing Consulting