Full Project Title: 
Identifying cost-effective reforestation approaches for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration in the Australian wet tropics
Project Summary: 

There is great potential for rainforest reforestation to help in the protection of Australia’s tropical flora and fauna. Little is known, however, about how to reforest pasture to rainforest for the purpose of maximising the recovery of native biodiversity. This project is a unique experimental study of rainforest reforestation practices with biodiversity conservation as the primary goal. Reforestation is currently an unlikely option for most landholders in Australia’s tropics given the lack of data on the economic benefits obtainable from such efforts. Our study examines the profits obtainable through the carbon market for each reforestation approach with the goal of increasing the feasibility of rainforest reforestation on the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland.

Funding Sources: 

This project is funded through an ARC Linkage Grant (LP0989161 - Identifying cost-effective reforestation approaches for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration in the Australian wet tropics) with additional funding and in kind support from industry partners: Biome5, Stanwell Corp, Greening Australia and Terrain NRM Pty Ltd.