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Biodiverse carbon sequestration in South Australia

MARCH 2019. A significant new carbon offset project is helping to create critical habitat in South Australia for internationally important migratory shorebirds and other threatened wildlife.

The new project is one of Australia’s largest biodiverse carbon offset projects to date and is enhancing over 1,075 hectares of revegetated land across four South Australian Government conservation reserves and one privately owned property in the Murray Darling Basin.

Every year, tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds from countries including Russia, China and Japan make the arduous journey across the Pacific Ocean to feed and shelter in water bodies across South Australia. 

One of these sites is The Coorong and Lakes at the end of the River Murray, a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. A vast array of migratory and native shorebirds are attracted to its waters, including Fairy Terns, Orange-bellied Parrots, Banded Stilts and Emu Wrens.

The carbon offset project is a partnership between the South Australian Government and Greening Australia’s carbon trading arm, Biodiverse Carbon Conservation (BCC) – also a Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partner. 

Any organisations pursuing carbon neutrality can investigate a range of ways to use offsets to reduce their emissions. 
This project, based in South Australia, is supporting important wetland habitat for migratory birds along with the contribution it makes to absorbing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

Brendan Foran, CEO of Greening Australia, said: “Carbon credit production is still a precious commodity in Australia, so being able to work with the South Australian Government to offer a diverse program at this scale is a significant step forward for our organisation.

“Customers who invest in carbon credits can make a real, tangible contribution towards efforts that make a difference at a whole-of-landscape level.” 

The Coorong and Lower Lakes were on the brink of collapse during the millennium drought but the area is slowly starting to recover.  

Currently Virgin Australia’s customers who choose to offset their flights are supporting the revegetation of this important area. 
Other organisations that use carbon credits now also have the option to make a contribution to supporting remediation and biodiversity in South Australia.

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