Camel culling and carbon emissions in rangelands in central Australia

Benxiang Zeng

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Culling feral camels will impact on the carbon emissions from them. Culling of feral camels stops their long-term continuous methane emission, but emits carbon from their carcasses in the short term. Through on-site monitoring of the decomposition process of camels that have been shot dead, this paper models the pattern of carbon emissions during the decomposition of these camels in Central Australia, and analyses the contribution of the camel culling programme to carbon emission mitigation on the rangelands. A ‘carbon royalty’ payment mechanism is also suggested to encourage local participation in carbon markets through an involvement in natural resource management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-282
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Issue number2
Early online date11 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


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