New approaches to driving ecological restoration at scale in Australia’s Great Southern Landscapes

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Blair Parsons , Elisa Raulings , James McGregor, Stephen Foley , Ian Rollins

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The way land is currently used in Australia’s agricultural landscapes is unsustainable and this is affecting our biodiversity, landscape health, agricultural productivity and economic resilience. Further, the collective restoration response to date has been referred to as a “mere cautious fiddling” that is insufficient to prevent ongoing decline and degradation. Recently, the Australian National Outlook has called for re-establishment of trees and habitat at an unprecedented scale (ie. 11 to 20 Mha by 2060) as part of a national vision for a bright and prosperous future. Aligned with this vision, Greening Australia is implementing an ambitious restoration program across Australia’s Great Southern Landscapes. The program aims to move beyond business-as-usual and match the scale of intervention to that of the problem, but this requires a new approach. For example, carbon markets are seen as a core enabler for this program and delivery of biodiverse restoration at scale. When integrated effectively into a landscape, environmental plantings for carbon can realise genuine benefits to multiple assets, providing habitat for biodiversity, providing increased production and returns from agricultural land and reversing land degradation. The carbon market will drive a shift in magnitude of funding for environmental plantings through our agricultural landscapes – transitioning away from traditional government funded programs. Additionally, it will demand new thinking to meet the challenge, related to planning and design, supply chains, on-ground delivery, accounting frameworks, and monitoring and evaluation. During this presentation, we will share new approaches to environmental plantings, demonstrating our drive for positive, biodiverse outcomes at scale

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