Natural Capital service finder

Farmers face increasingly complex decisions about managing natural capital, demonstrating sustainability, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) requirements and entering environmental markets like the carbon market and biodiversity markets.

Our natural capital service finder helps farmers and land managers navigate these new opportunities and risks, and make the best decisions for their properties and enterprises.

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Natural capital programs and services in NSW

Find ESG, carbon farming, natural capital accounting and environmental markets services and programs available to landholders in NSW.

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Farm forestry services

Do you want to learn more about sustainably managing the native forests on your property?

Read more about Local Land Services' farm forestry services.

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Natural resource management services

Are you looking to enhance the productivity and sustainability of your land by better managing waterways, vegetation, soils and biodiversity?

Read more about Local Land Services' natural resource management services.

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Carbon on Country for Aboriginal landholders

Are you an NSW Aboriginal landholder or land management organisation looking for ways to participate in carbon markets through the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF)?

Read more about the Carbon on Country initiative.

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Funded Conservation Agreements

Are you a landholder interested in being paid to manage part of your property for conservation?

Read more about the Biodiversity Conservation Trust's Conservation Management Program.

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Partnership Conservation Agreements

Are you a landholder interested in permanently protecting biodiversity with ongoing support and access to grants?

Read more about the Biodiversity Conservation Trust's in-perpetuity partnership conservation agreements.

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Wildlife Refuge Agreements

Are you a landholder interested in conservation but do not wish to enter into a permanent conservation agreement?

Read more about our Biodiversity Conservation Trust's wildlife refuge agreements

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Living Carbon grants

Are you a landholder that wants to act on climate change? You could be eligible to apply for a Living Carbon grant with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

Read more about the Living Carbon grants.

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On-Farm Carbon Advice Project

Are you interested in understanding your on-farm emissions and carbon farming practices, setting up a carbon project through the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) and assessing opportunities in carbon and environmental markets?

Read more about the Department of Primary Industries' On-Farm Carbon Advice Project.

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Biodiversity credits

Are you interested in creating and selling biodiversity credits?

Read more about biodiversity credits.

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"Grow me the money"

Do you want to know how to manage your farms natural assets in the Riverina region?

Read more about the "Grow me the Money": Understanding your farms natural capital project.

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Environmental Markets Leadership Program

Are you a land manager or farmer who wants to be rewarded for your natural capital protection and environmental stewardship activities? Do you want to learn from others who are making natural capital and environmental markets part of their farming business and property management?

Read more about the Environmental Markets Leadership Program.


Farm forestry services

Local Land Services provides native forest management advice for biodiversity conservation, pest and weed management, fire management and maintaining Aboriginal cultural values.

We support landholders to undertake actions that apply the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management (ESFM), which may also include timber production.

To learn more about managing your native forests, including carbon storage and economic diversity, you can read more about farm forestry on our website or email pnf.info@lls.nsw.gov.au


Natural resource management services

Local Land Services supports farmers in making well-informed decisions about natural asset management and its contribution to farm goals. We provide local staff expertise and advice, demonstration and training events customised to local needs. We may be able to offer grants and incentives for new practices and technologies that protect and enhance natural assets.

If you want tailored advice and support to solve a natural asset problem or achieve a natural resource management objective on your property, get in touch with your Local Land Services NRM officer by calling 1300 795 299. Read more about our natural resource management services.


Carbon on Country for Aboriginal landholders

The ‘Carbon on Country’ initiative aims to provide foundation information for Aboriginal organisations interested in participating in carbon farming projects that deliver outcomes for Country, culture and community. The initiative includes place-based and online workshops and a suite of ‘Carbon on Country’ resources for NSW Aboriginal landholders and organisations.

Aboriginal organisations and landholders can email the team at netzero.land@environment.nsw.gov.au to request information, organise a workshop or learn more about the carbon potential/suitable methods for landholdings.

The Carbon on Country resources are funded under the Primary Industries Productivity and Abatement Program, an initiative of the NSW Net Zero Plan. Find out more about PIPAP.

Support for project implementation and future natural capital funding opportunities will be available online and promoted through existing networks and the website. People interested in future carbon market opportunities can stay up to date with information and updates from NSW Climate and Energy Action.


BCT Funded Conservation Agreements

The Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) offers two mechanisms under their Conservation Management Program where landholders can apply for agreements with ongoing annual payments - conservation tenders and fixed price offers. These payments enable landholders to better manage and protect biodiversity on their land. Eligibility and conditions vary.

Successful landholders can negotiate a conservation area and management actions with the BCT as part of their conservation agreement. All landholders with BCT agreements receive ongoing technical support. Alternatively, landholders can submit expressions of interest for fixed-price conservation agreements in priority areas at any time. Eligibility criteria varies depending on location.

Find out more about BCT's Conservation Management Program or email info@bct.nsw.gov.au

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BCT Partnership Conservation Agreements

In-perpetuity partnership conservation agreements are available from the Biodiversity Conservation Trust for landholders who wish to protect the biodiversity and native vegetation on their property, but are not seeking, or are ineligible, for annual conservation management payments under their Conservation Management Program. These agreements are registered on the title of the land, ensuring ongoing protection under subsequent land ownership.

This option may suit you if you have areas on your land that are of high conservation value and you wish to ensure those values are protected into the future. Land that is eligible for a conservation agreement will need to be managed primarily for conservation, be in moderate to good condition and be at least 20 hectares in size. Smaller properties may be considered by the BCT if they contain very high conservation values or meet other strategic objectives of the BCT.

Landholders with partnership conservation agreements receive landholder support and can apply for funding through conservation partners grants to help manage and enhance the biodiversity values of their property.

Find out more about BCT's In-perpetuity Partnership Conservation Agreements or email info@bct.nsw.gov.au


BCT Wildlife Refuge Agreements

Wildlife Refuge agreements are an entry-level option for landholders who wish to protect the biodiversity on their property but do not wish to enter into a permanent agreement. This can be a good option for landholders wanting to explore how they can become involved in conservation and partner with the BCT.

Wildlife Refuge agreements are suitable for areas managed primarily for conservation, in moderate to good condition and at least 10 hectares in size. Smaller properties may be considered by the BCT if they contain very high conservation values or meet other strategic objectives of the BCT.

Landholders with partnership conservation agreements receive landholder support and can apply for funding through conservation partners grants to help manage and enhance the biodiversity values of their property.

Find out more about BCT's Wildlife Refuge Agreements or contact info@bct.nsw.gov.au


Living Carbon grants

Managing carbon is both a challenge and an opportunity for landholders.

If you are a landholder, you may be eligible for a NSW Government grant to set up a carbon planting project. This could help you secure the health of your land, improve productivity, and unlock new income streams while revegetating habitats for threatened or iconic species such as koalas.

The Living Carbon grants support eligible applicants to undertake native vegetation planting projects in 3 regions:

  • the Riverina Local Land Services region
  • the North Coast Local Land Services region
  • the MidCoast Local Government Area.

Successful applicants will receive up to $200,000 of grant funding.

The Living Carbon grants are part of the Primary Industries Productivity and Abatement Program (PIPAP), who are partnering with the NSW Koala Strategy and NSW Local Land Services to work with landholders who share the same commitment to acting on climate change.

Learn how to apply for a Living Carbon grant by visiting the Living Carbon program website.


On-Farm Carbon Advice Project

Are you interested in understanding your on-farm emissions and carbon farming practices, setting up a carbon project through the Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) scheme and assessing opportunities in carbon and environmental markets?

The Department of Primary Industries’ On-Farm Carbon Advice Project is for all farmers who want to learn more about emissions and carbon sequestration.

Farmers who participate in the program can expect:

  • increased understanding of climate change, agricultural emissions and reduction strategies for on-farm emissions
  • measurement of your farm emissions profile with a Farm Carbon Management Plan and an action plan to reduce emissions and increase carbon storage
  • understanding your whole farm landscape, production gains, profitability, and natural capital of your farm.
  • understanding of the opportunities for developing new income streams, risks, tax, and legal implications.

For information on how to join the On-Farm Carbon Advice Initiative email carbon@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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Biodiversity credits

The Biodiversity Credits Supply Taskforce will work with landholders to establish a biodiversity stewardship agreement to create biodiversity credits. Selling credits through Australia’s most established biodiversity market creates long-term funding for you to help manage weeds and pests, and restore habitat for threatened species and ecosystems. This helps you future proof your property and supports productivity and diversification.

Biodiversity credits are needed to offset infrastructure and development projects, including for housing, energy and transport projects. Buyers include local developers and government. Find out if you have in-demand credits.

The Biodiversity Credits Supply Taskforce also supports the operation of the biodiversity market through the Supply Fund.

Find out more about Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements.


“Grow me the money”: Understanding Your Farms Natural Capital

Riverina Local Land Services can help you to manage your farms natural assets and understand the natural capital and environmental market opportunities available.

Our pilot project will work with you to map and document the natural capital on your property. It will involve a mix of online learning, desktop mapping and site visits to develop a profile and baseline condition of the natural capital assets.

Find out more about the "Grow me the money" project.


Environmental Markets Leadership Program

The Environmental Markets Leadership Program supports land managers and farmers to identify, market and benefit from the natural capital and environmental services they provide to society through sustainable land management.

The program will provide you with the skills, confidence and networks for you to achieve a return from sustainable land and natural resource management.

To find out more about the Environmental Markets Leadership Program.

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