Identifying Cost-effective reforestation approaches for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration in southern Australia (2012–2015)

Abstract:
We will determine the reforestation approach that maximises the native biodiversity of bushland/shrubland regrowth in South Australia, while ensuring the highest-possible carbon sequestration for the lowest cost. Through a long-term reforestation experiment testing eight approaches for reforesting deforested land at Monarto Zoo, we will monitor key taxa and carbon pools prior to and throughout the regeneration process. Our study is unique in its experimental assessment of temperate Australian reforestation for biodiversity conservation and in the collection of baseline data. This study will result in guidelines for woodland/shrubland reforestation as an economically viable land use for landholders.
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University of Adelaide
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University of Adelaide