Full Project Title: 
Native vegetation restoration to achieve carbon and biodiversity benefits in Queensland
Project Summary: 

The emerging carbon market provides a mechanism for native vegetation restoration and an array of potential biodiversity benefits. In Queensland, where ecosystem degradation has been recent and seed banks remain in the soil, there is enormous potential for cost-effective restoration, but costs, carbon accumulation potential and biodiversity values vary greatly across the state. By identifying the spatial trade-offs that exist between carbon and biodiversity goals, we will be able to answer such questions as – is the most cost-effective carbon sequestration in the mulga, the box woodlands, the coastal eucalypt forest or the rainforest? What additional resources or efforts are required to deflect restoration to the areas where carbon benefits are small, but biodiversity gains might be more substantial? In the project, we are examining the economics of reforestation in the context of an emerging carbon market within deforested rural landscapes across Queensland. Our analysis will provide crucial information which will assist investors, governments, NGO’s and regional planning groups in making decisions about where and how to restore native ecosystems.

Funding Sources: 

This project is funded through an ARC Linkage Project (administered by James Cook University - The biological diversity and carbon sequestration of rainforest regrowth in tropical Queensland).