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Australian Native Reforestation

Project Developer

Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor

The large-scale reforestation project that is restoring a landscape and preserving global biodiversity.

Australian Native Reforestation Project

Carbon Neutral are project developers of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, the first project in Australia to achieve premium Gold Standard certification.

About the project

This large-scale reforestation project utilises degraded land in the northern wheatbelt of Southwest Australia to grow mixed plant species indigenous to the region.

The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor project is revegetating the landscape, encouraging wildlife to return while simultaneously removing carbon from the atmosphere. The goal of the project is to create a 200km long green corridor from inland to the coast, reconnecting remnant vegetation with 12 nature reserves across a 10,000kmarea.

More than 90% of the current planting area was cleared during the 1900s to allow for the farming of crops and livestock. We work with landowners to restore the land in the Corridor that is no longer suitable for traditional agriculture. Improving the non-arable land in the region has a positive effect through reducing salinity and erosion.

The project began in 2008, and since then more than 30 million mixed native species of trees and shrubs have been planted across almost 14,000 hectares.

The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor is the largest biodiverse reforestation carbon sink in Australia.

We have developed Australian Native Reforestation credits and voluntary carbon offsets, Biodiverse Reforestation Carbon Offsets, from the project which contribute to the carbon sink. Our Plant-a-Tree program also supports the project and allows us to continue to link the planting sites with remnant vegetation and increase the area of the Corridor.

Project milestones

More than 30 million

native seeds and seedlings have been planted.

Over 13,500 hectares

of non-arable land has been planted since 2008.

An estimated 1.257 million tonnes

of greenhouse gases will be sequestered over the project life.

Impact

The primary objective of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor project is to store carbon for 100 years. Storing the carbon will negate some of the greenhouse gas emissions that have already been produced and emitted, providing a more sustainable planet for us. Over 50 years of the project’s life it is estimated that 1.257 million tonnes of CO2-e will have been sequestered from the atmosphere.

Conservation International has identified the broader region of Southwest Australia as one of 36 globally significant biodiversity hotspots. A biodiversity hotspot is a region that has a high percentage of endemic plant species and 30% or less of its natural vegetation remaining. Hotspots are irreplaceable, preserving them secures our global biodiversity.

Hotspots are irreplaceable, preserving them secures our global biodiversity.

Positive social, environmental and economic change

Co-benefits of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Project contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Benefits for the community include environmental, social, economic and heritage outcomes. The following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have been satisfied by the project.

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
    Contribution to the positive mental health and well-being of indigenous communities.
  • SDG 4: Quality Education
    Provision of job-specific training sessions and inductions for local employees.
  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
    Lowering salinity in both ground and surface waters over the project’s life.
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Creation of 400+ jobs, over 50 indigenous roles and more than 80 businesses have been engaged.
  • SDG 13: Climate Action
    At least 967,695 tonnes of CO2-e will be sequestered during the project’s lifetime.
  • SDG 15: Life on Land
    The biodiverse plantings of native trees and shrubs contain over 30 species of conservation significance.
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
    Partnerships with 11 local and national organisations have been formed from the project.
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