Within the carbon sector, GreenCollar works closely with land managers and policy makers to identify opportunities to participate in environmental markets to improve on-ground productivity, mitigate climate change, and improve biodiversity through sustainable management of natural resources.
GreenCollar works beyond the carbon abatement market investing in other ecosystem services in higher value, more contested coastal landscapes like the Great Barrier Reef. For example by “stacking” benefits, such as carbon storage, water quality and biodiversity conservation in coastal catchments, GreenCollar is developing and marketing new methods to fund ecosystem repair, pay landowners for their ecosystem services, improve farm practice and support community groups focused on system repair. Collectively these activities are fundamental to addressing the dual threats to the GBR of land based water pollution and climate change.
Our objective is to develop projects across the country that yield not only emissions reduction outcomes but a range of environmental co-benefits.
Current programs include:
• Catchment Conservation Alliance (CCA) between GreenCollar, the Queensland Government and the 14 Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups covering the state. The focus of the Alliance is to:
- Sequester carbon in vegetation and soils
- Protect, enhance and connect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas.
- Optimize sustainable land use, farming and grazing profitability
- Improve water quality and stabilise land in regional catchments
- Develop market based instruments to fund ecosystem services
• Through our collaborations and research, GreenCollar provides innovative solutions to meet the challenges of reducing the impact of climate change.
• Reef & Biodiversity Impact Investment including retaining or restoring ecosystems to improve water quality in catchments draining into the Great Barrier Reef where the cost of system repair in the contested, high value coastal landscapes has been prohibitive.
• Research partnership with the University of Technology Sydney to assess risks and opportunities across carbon projects in Western NSW related to feral animal management, biodiversity, soil carbon and drought
• Development and expansion of the Darling River Eco Corridor to promote broad scale ecosystem restoration, amongst other regional ecosystem initiatives