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Carbon, water and soil

Tackling critical issues

Applying long-term research to develop effective rural land management policy

Our work in carbon, water and soil delivers both basic and applied research, with an emphasis on the long-term research needed to underpin sound policy for public and private management of rural land. We are focused on developing options that keep people in rural landscapes and that address increasing global needs to produce food and fibre in an ecologically sustainable manner.

Our research, undertaken at our Camden facility, the Centre for Carbon, Water and Food, tackles critical issues facing rural land management, with the key question being: How can we produce more food and fibre while sustainably managing water and carbon on public and private land – for downstream users as well as locally? 

International links

Globally, carbon, water and soil research is focused on the food-producing regions of Australia’s key trading partners, such as China, Korea, Japan, the United States and other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries.

Carbon and water policies are now inextricably linked and interwoven with the pressing need to increase food and fibre production. The need to increase production on a shrinking land base with less water and fossil fuel will dominate national and international policy debates for coming decades.