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Dr Christine Jones
Dr Christine Jones
Dr Christine Jones

Carbon for Life founder

Dr Christines Jones B.Sc.PhD.
Dr Christine Jones is an internationally renowned and highly respected groundcover and soils ecologist. She has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management techniques that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate soil nutrient cycles, restore water balance, improve productivity and create new topsoil. Christine has organised and participated in workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the USA and has a strong publication and presentation record.

Christine received a Community Fellowship Award from Land and Water Australia in 2001. The LWA Community Fellowship Program provides recognition to individuals with ‘an outstanding track record in mobilising and inspiring the community to better manage their land, water and vegetation’.

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Christine Jones - short CV

100 Billion Biodiverse Trees

Evolving Ecology

Australian Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme
Dr Christine Jones
Founder, Carbon For Life Inc.
13 Laurence Ave, Armidale NSW 2350

Australia has the highest per capita rate of greenhouse gas emissions in the world.

Appropriately managed farmlands could effectively ‘mop up’ most of the excess carbon being emitted to the atmosphere, converting a potential hazard into an extremely productive opportunity. Under the Australian Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme (ASCAS), Soil Credits will be paid annually and retrospectively, at one hundredth the 100-year rate ($25/tonne carbon dioxide equivalent), for carbon sequestered in Defined Sequestration Areas (DSAs). This is similar to being paid ‘on delivery’ for livestock or grain, with the bonus that the carbon remains in soil, conferring ongoing production and NRM benefits.

The ASCAS model is based on financial reward from the private sector, creating a collaborative and progressive market based instrument to help address a wide range of environmental issues. Increased levels of biological activity in soil bring many rewards in addition to Soil Credits.

The Australian Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme is a first in the Southern Hemisphere, placing Australia among the world leaders in soil carbon trading development.

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Australian Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme

Jones C. E. (2002). Stipa Native Grasses "Changing Landscapes" Forum
Armidale, 3 May 2002.

Building new topsoil
Dr Christine Jones

"The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself" (Roosevelt 1937)

The future for Australia depends on the future of our soil.

The most meaningful indicator for the health of the land, and the long-term wealth of a nation, is whether soil is being formed or lost. If soil is being lost, so too is the economic and ecological foundation on which production and conservation are based.

In little over 200 years of European land-use in Australia, more than 70 percent of land has become seriously degraded (Flannery 1994). Despite our efforts to implement 'best practice' in soil conservation, the situation continues to deteriorate.

Annual soil loss figures for perennial pastures in Tablelands and Slopes regions of NSW generally range from 0.5 to 4 t/ha/yr, depending on slope, soil type, vegetative cover and rainfall (Edwards and Zierholz 2000). These figures probably underestimate the total amount of soil lost. Erosion can occur at much higher rates during intense rainfall events, particularly when groundcover is low. Areas which have been cultivated (whether for pasture establishment or cropping) are more prone to soil structural decline. Under bare fallows in the northern part of NSW, soil losses in the order of 50 to 100 t/ha/yr are common, with losses from individual rainfall events of 300-700 t/ha recorded in some situations (Edwards and Zierholz 2000).

If productive soil continues to be lost, debates about the optimum enterprise mix, pasture species, fertiliser rate, percentage of trees, or any other 'detail' over which we seem to argue endlessly, are irrelevant. They amount to re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Research efforts in the soil science arena have concentrated on reducing the rate of soil loss. The concept of building new topsoil is rarely considered.
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Building new topsoil

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