Nature-based Solutions protect and restore ecosystems in ways that benefit communities, economies and the environment.
Greening Australia’s Nature-based Solutions bring together landholders and public and private funders in tackling two of the biggest issues of our time – biodiversity loss and climate change.
It is estimated that Nature-based Solutions could contribute over one third of the total climate mitigation needed by 2030, while simultaneously improving soil health, air and water quality, and biodiversity.
Drawing on our decades of restoration expertise, we are developing science-led, investible solutions that can be applied at landscape scale to make a measurable impact. Our solutions focus on five key areas.
The health and productivity of Australian landscapes is under threat from a complex mix of legacy impacts and emerging pressures, which means landholders such as farmers and Traditional Owners play an increasingly vital role as custodians of Australia’s land and ecosystem services. Greening Australia works with landholders of all kinds to implement Nature-based Solutions for their holdings – helping make degraded areas more productive, improving soil health and water quality, and supporting broader ecosystem health.
Australia is famous for its incredibly diverse and unique flora and fauna. Yet we also have one of the worst records for species loss globally, as well as for endangered and threatened species. Greening Australia has been restoring habitat to help vulnerable species for 40 years. We work with landholders in rural areas to grow homes and food sources for all kinds of endangered species, with support from public and private funders. We also work with schools, governments and business to increase nature in cities and better protect our threatened wildlife.
Intense bushfires, vegetation loss, invasive species and land degradation have put pressure on our ecosystems’ ability to naturally regenerate. Restoration through Nature-based Solutions is needed to bring Australian landscapes back to life. Seed is the foundation of restoration. Greening Australia has a proud history of supplying native seeds, supporting restoration, revegetation and reforestation solutions. We are rising to the supply challenge by playing a leading role in catalysing a national network of seed collectors and investigating new ways to produce seed in key locations across the country.
Clean water is essential for everyone. Greening Australia’s Nature-based Solutions improve water quality by restoring wetlands and rebuilding eroded gullies. These solutions also boost ecosystem health, support wildlife, improve land condition, and partner with Traditional Owners to manage country. We are helping protect the Great Barrier Reef by implementing projects that generate Reef Credits — tradeable units that represent a quantifiable, independently verified reduction in water pollutants. Investors can purchase water quality credits while landholders receive payments over 25 years.
A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates the world will pass 1.5°C warming in 2040 if we continue as we are. To curb emissions and capture historic emissions at sufficient scale, we need a transformational decade of change. Removing atmospheric carbon through large-scale diverse tree planting provides an immediate opportunity to reduce impacts of climate change, while providing long-term benefits to nature, communities and the economy. Our carbon business, Canopy, leads the Australian market in producing high quality carbon credits from biodiverse environmental plantings.