What is the link between large-scale landscape restoration and reducing the impacts of climate change?
Greening Australia’s Future Carbon biodiverse native plantings are resilient to climate change. Millions of years of evolution are the foundation for this resilience.
Future Carbon plantings establish self-replacing habitat, through natural reproduction, for native wildlife.
The impact of climate change on our natural environment is real, with scientists predicting that changes to annual rainfall and local climatic conditions will result in a rise in the severity of droughts, floods, storms and bushfires. This could lead to biodiversity loss in vulnerable habitats. Future Carbon plantings reduce these risks by using a diversity of native trees and shrubs naturally adapted to different soils and climates.
Impact on species
Over the years, native vegetation has become fragmented, which has impacted on the survival of many species of plants and animals in Australia. Species have become marooned in tiny wooded ‘islands’ surrounded by vast ‘seas’ of crops and pastures. Due to this fragmentation many native plants and animals are no longer able to shift or migrate to adapt to climate change.
Over the last 50 years, extinction rates have accelerated. Recent studies have shown that in Australia 44% of native plants and 30% of native vertebrate species are thought to be extinct, threatened or vulnerable to extinction.
Future Carbon plantings are large, landscape-scale revegetation initiatives. These reduce habitat fragmentation by establishing plantings in critical ‘gaps’ in key landscapes. See our projects for more information.