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Co-benefits of planting species mixes in carbon projects

Standish, R.J.ORCID: 0000-0001-8118-1904 and Hulvey, K.B. (2014) Co-benefits of planting species mixes in carbon projects. Ecological Management & Restoration, 15 (1). pp. 26-29.

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The carbon market offers a unique opportunity to achieve large‐scale ecological restoration of degraded agricultural landscapes. Here, we outline some of the benefits of planting mixes of native species rather than monocultures in carbon plantings as a step towards creating biodiverse carbon‐rich forests and woodlands in Australia. We highlight the gaps in our knowledge and emphasise the importance of setting benchmarks for carbon projects to maximise their potential to deliver co‐benefits such as habitat provision for wildlife. On the whole, we are optimistic that ongoing refinement of joined biodiversity conservation and carbon credit initiatives will help to develop a carbon market that can drive ecological restoration of Australian agricultural landscapes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © 2014 Ecological Society of Australia
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