Community Carbon is a pilot project aimed at exploring the feasibility of delivering local revegetation planting to generate carbon offsets while also provide environmental, social, and economic benefits to the local community.
The North Central CMA, in collaboration with the City of Greater Bendigo, Macedon Ranges, Hepburn, and Mount Alexander Shire Councils, is embarking on this new project within the region.
This initiative aims to leverage the carbon offset needs of local councils to support revegetation efforts restoring critical habitats, connect fragmented landscapes and address biodiversity loss.
Putting the call out for interested landholders
The first stage of this pilot project is to seek expressions of interest from local landholders.
We're particularly focused on identifying sites where the combined planting area is 10 hectares or more. However, smaller sites will still be considered.
Unlike typical revegetation projects, our focus is twofold: using carbon from plantings to offset emissions and to revegetate precious native habitats.
Therefore, to participate landholders must also be willing to transfer the carbon rights from their plantings to our delivery partners.
If you’re interested in playing a part in helping reduce local carbon emissions and enjoying the benefits of increased habitat on your property, apply now.
This initial call for EOIs closes on 30 September 2023.
Engaging in large-scale revegetation can be very costly and we understand that many landholders find it difficult to justify the expenses and time commitments involved.
This program will provide financial support to deliver revegetation efforts, allowing you to enjoy a range of benefits, including:
- attracting diverse wildlife,
- improving the aesthetic appearance of your property,
- reducing soil erosion,
- improving soil health, and
- enhancing water quality.