Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor (Australia)

Project Overview

Location: Southwest Australia, Global Biodiversity Hotspot
Scope: 18,000 hectares
1.059M tonnes CO2-e
sequestered carbon
Certification: Gold Standard VER

The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor plantings are located in the northern wheatbelt of Southwestern Australia. The region has an exceptionally high number of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. It has been identified as one of 35 global biodiversity hotspots for wildlife and plants, and the first one identified in Australia.

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. In 2022, the project has expanded to nearly 18,000 hectares.

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.

The primary objective of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor project is to sequester and store carbon for 100 years.

Over the project’s life, it is expected that more than that 1.059M million tonnes of CO2-e will have been sequestered by the trees already in the ground. This figure will increase as more areas are restored.

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 – comprising co-benefits of:

  • Biodiversity
  • Regional Economic Impact
  • Soil Quality
  • Water Quality
  • Indigenous Cultural Heritage

An independent study identified, quantified and valued these co-benefits (beyond carbon) of the Corridor project and mapped these to the SDGs to better understand the positive impacts. The report found that the project is adding between $28M and $63M AUD of biodiversity value and between $18M and $30M AUD of economic impact value. 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.

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