Land is managed for many things including food production, biodiversity, recreation and water quality. It is widely felt that 'carbon' land management should not be at the expense of the other benefits being provided.
General principles of managing land for carbon are looking after soils and maximising vegetation growth. In many cases land management for carbon will be the same as land management for another purpose – so in the right place it can bring additional benefits. For example:
In the UK, peat is the largest existing store of carbon and woodland is the most important land use for sequestration (removing carbon from the atmosphere). Grassland, woodland and semi-natural land store and sequester more carbon than cultivated land.
To find out more, see our information booklet Managing land for carbon (PDF)
We will be providing further information and advice in the coming months. See the Carbon and Land Management page for updates. We want to work with land managers to see how land management for carbon is best undertaken to fit with existing businesses. If you would like to be involved, please contact email@example.com
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