In February this year, Trust for Nature engaged leading independent carbon assessor, Forests Alive, to calculate the carbon stocks on covenanted land throughout Victoria. The results are substantial and incredibly positive for conservation and mitigating the effects of climate change.
The report has highlighted the potential size of carbon stocks in forest vegetation that is now being conserved by landholders choosing to protect their land with a conservation covenant, and by Trust for Nature’s own land reserves.
Measurement of the CO2 equivalents used the conservative methodology of FullCAM, the Federal Government’s land use carbon model. The Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs) measured in this report included Dry Forests, Heathy Woodlands, Herb-rich Woodlands, Lower Slopes or Hills Woodlands, Lowland Forests, Mallee, Plains Grasslands and Chenopod Shrublands, Plains Woodlands and Forests, Rainforests, Riparian Scrubs or Swampy Scrubs and Woodlands, Riverine Grassy Woodlands or Forests, and Wet or Damp Forests.
There is a significant body of literature indicating that the protection of existing intact forest ecosystems is the most effective climate mitigation action in the forest sector; followed by restoring damaged and degraded natural forests, and lastly planting biodiverse natural forests.
By protecting native vegetation and restoring degraded ecosystems, covenantors and Trust for Nature are building and protecting a green carbon store which contains over 12 million tonnes of carbon. We will be continuing to work on the carbon value of our covenants and the economic and government framework opportunities this presents.
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