Testing the potential of integrated vegetation bands to increase water retention, buffer climate extremes, sequester carbon and enhance production (2010–2013)
Utilising native vegetation in specific configurations can result in a cooler & more moist landscape which also increases plant and soil based carbon stores. Integrated vegetation bands (IVB's) will be established on two properties in specific configurations at a 1:5 ratio using:a) regrowth; and b) planted native vegetation. IVBs will benefit production through increased interception and storage of runoff velocity and erosion, help to conserve biodiversity and provide a significant carbon store. The project will demonstrate that redesigning landscapes with IVB's will increase their resilience to climatic extremes and underpin sustainable production.