If the recent flooding has shown us anything, it’s that we cannot and should not rely on slow-moving bureaucracies to solve the problems that face us. We can and must take action as individuals, families and communities. The future is in our hands.
There is growing recognition of the relationship that trees and forests play regarding climate change. The interactions between forests, water, and energy provide not only the foundations for carbon storage but for cooling the Earth’s surfaces and distributing our global water resources.
Our work in carbon sequestration has highlighted the importance of restoring native habitats. Since the 1920s, land clearing has been an issue throughout Australia. Over 44% of Australia’s forest and woodlands have been cleared and areas, such as the South West’s biodiversity hotspot, having had a dramatic loss of species biodiversity and abundance. Land clearing doesn’t just result in the devastating loss of vegetation; it also significantly affects surrounding communities, such as erosion, increased salinity, habitat loss, fragmentation, biodiversity loss, species loss, and ecosystem services disruption.
Carbon Positive Australia has been supported by Lotterywest and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to deliver a research project into the carbon market. In particular, the CarbonCare™ project is surveying farmers, landholders who have participated in carbon planting, and organisations who could potentially offset their emissions. Through this research we are hoping to gain a better understanding of the levers required to establish a successful carbon market within Western Australia.