Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor (Australia)

Project Overview

Location: Southwest Australia, Global Biodiversity Hotspot
Scope: 17,586 hectares
1.897M tonnes CO2-e
sequestered carbon
Certification: Gold Standard VER

The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor is a multi-species native reforestation project located in Southwest Australia, responsible for removing 1.897 million tonnes of carbon as well as restoring a region where more than 90% of the woodland had been cleared.

Established on semi-arid agricultural land that was longer suitable for farming, the project aimed to return the environment to its original state through the planting as many as to 50 native tree and shrub species indigenous to the region, with the objective of restoring the landscape to its natural condition of vegetation.

In total, plantings of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor project reaches a total of 29.5 million trees and shrubs.

In 2019, as part of the 2019 planting program, over 339 hectares, 94,500 seedlings were sown and hundreds of thousands of seeds.

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Voluntary Emissions Reductions (VERs)

The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Project is the first premium Gold Standard project in Australia and is certified to remove over 1.897M tonnes over 50 years.

Fire Update 2020

Treecreds is pleased to confirm that there has been no fire on any property, nor any report of any fire of significance in the vicinity of the properties, since project commencement in 2008. The trees are safe and are continuing to capture carbon today and every day!

Carbon Neutral group has developed 13,000 hectares of biodiverse natural vegetation carbon sequestration resource over the period 2008 – 2019, with c. 9,000 hectares certified by the Gold Standard Foundation.

The following mitigation measures are implemented to reduce/address fire risk:

  1. As part of each property and plantation establishment, a range of measures are put in place to reduce the risk of fire and implement fire-fighting actions via a Fire Management Plan.
  2. Plantations are alley not block plantings, meaning the 7 to 10 metre inter-row spacing provides a natural fire break and fire fighting vehicle access.
  3. Strategic sheep grazing is carried out in the plantings to reduce the grass development and fire (fuel) hazard. The grazing is generally initiated at three years post-planting.
  4. The use of native plant species in the plantings provides a proven natural resilience to fire via rapid recovery / regeneration by re-sprouting from stems/branches, below-ground lignotubers, as well as regeneration from natural seed dispersal.
  5. Plantations are spread across four major aggregations separated by 10-25 kilometres of farmland. Within aggregations individual properties are further separated by public roads and paddock fire breaks.
  6. Plantings are currently covered by insurance for re-planting.

Gold Standard requires that we assign or transfer 20% of our issued credits to its global compliance buffer.

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