Together with the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot, the Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot is trialing mechanisms to pay farmers for improving biodiversity on farms under the Agriculture Stewardship Package.
This pilot aims to trial market-based approaches to enhancing native remnant vegetation on farms through locally adapted management protocols developed by the Australian National University in consultation with Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations in six trial regions:
- Burnett-Mary, Queensland
- Central West, New South Wales
- North Central in Victoria
- NRM North in Tasmania
- Eyre Peninsula in South Australia
- South West in Western Australia
Successful farmers could be eligible to receive payments to manage and enhance existing remnant native vegetation on-farm over a period of 10 years. The pilot program will assist with costs such as weed and pest management, fencing of remnant bushland, and some replanting. In turn, the farmer/landholder has to give access to researchers running the pilot program to the remnant bushland on their property for data collection.