17 August 2012 – Landholders will be able to earn carbon credits for promoting naturally-occurring regrowth in native forests when methodology under the Carbon Farming Initiative is complete, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, said on Friday.

“Credits could be generated by temporarily fencing off areas to stop saplings from being trampled, or by removing weeds that compete with the regrowth for nutrients,” Mr Dreyfus said.

“Regenerating areas of native forest is much easier than manually sowing seeds or planting seedlings and also improves local biodiversity values,” he said.

The methodology proposal, Human-Induced Regeneration of a permanent even-aged native forest is open for public comment until 26 September