Current Consultation

Proposed methodology for accounting reduction in nutrient run-off through managed fertilizer application

This proposed methodology is open for public comment until 4 July 2019.

The review process will be undertaken according to the Reef Credit Methodology Approval Procedures and the process will be assured by the Reef Credit Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Details of the TAC Membership and Terms of Reference are on the website.

All comments should be submitted to the Secretariat at feedback@reefcredit.org using the Public Consultation Feedback Form.

All submissions are public documents and will be published on the website at the conclusion of the public consultation and peer review process. Submissions will also be provided to methodology developer and peer reviewers. Contact details will not be published or otherwise disclosed.

Summary description of proposed methodology
This methodology quantifies the reduction in Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen (DIN) lost from agricultural land through improved soil and nutrient management practices within the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA).

The scope of this methodology includes reducing DIN loss through more efficient soil and nutrient management practices from agricultural enterprises including (but not limited to) sugarcane, bananas, grains and fodder. The methodology allows for a range of practice changes, including land use change, that lead to a reduction in DIN loss across the project area.

There are a number of ways a farmer may reduce DIN loss within the project area. For example:
• Matching nitrogen application rate to expected crop yields at farm or paddock scale;
• Reduce nitrogen fertiliser application rate;
• Increase areas under fallow;
• Improve fertiliser delivery practices; or
• Conversion to land use with a lower or zero nitrogen surplus

This methodology is not limited to the above management practices, but the project must provide a Land Management Plan that describes the proposed land management activities for the project duration.

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