Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor
This large scale reforestation project is restoring a landscape and preserving precious biodiversity.
Australian Native Reforestation Project
Carbon Neutral is project developer of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, the first project in Australia to achieve premium Gold Standard certification.
About the project
The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor is a high impact reforestation project that simultaneously delivers environmental, economic, social and heritage co-benefits.
Mixed species indigenous to the region are grown on degraded land in the northern wheatbelt of Southwest Australia. Revegetating the landscape with native trees and shrubs encourages wildlife to return while at the same time removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Our goal is to create a 200km long green corridor from inland all the way to the coast, reconnecting remnant vegetation with 12 nature reserves across a 10,000km2 area.
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.
Through our reforestation plantings at the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor we generate a range of premium environmental products.
Gold Standard Australian Native Reforestation
Biodiverse Reforestation Carbon Offsets
Plant-a-Tree Conservation Program
The primary objective of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor project is to sequester and store carbon for 100 years.
Over the project’s life we expect that more than that 1 million tonnes of CO2-e will have been sequestered by the trees already in the ground. This figure will increase as we continue to restore more areas.
Positive social, environmental and economic change
Co-benefits of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor Project contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These benefits to the community include environmental, social, economic and heritage outcomes. The following United Nations SDGs have been satisfied by the project. An independent study identified, quantified and valued the co-benefits (beyond carbon) of the Corridor project and demonstrated achievement of the following SDGs. We acknowledge that this study was instigated and managed by Carbon Positive Australia with funding provided by Lotterywest and thank Carbon Positive Australia for this initiative.
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.
A biodiversity hotspot
In 2001 Conservation International identified 25 biodiversity hotspots around the globe. These areas hold significant endemic biodiversity and, for various reasons, are under threat.
One of the regions identified was Southwest Australia, and at the time it was the only region in Australian to be nominated. Today there are 36 biodiversity hotspots globally, including a second region on Australia’s mid-east coast.
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.
native seeds and seedlings have been planted.
of non-arable land has been planted since 2008.
of greenhouse gases will be sequestered over the project life.