This program explores Queensland’s Blue Carbon potential, including mapping of Blue Carbon stocks and sequestration rates.
#QLDBlue is a multi-sector R&D collaboration – comprising Academia, Project Developers, and Industry – examining opportunities for Blue Carbon additionality in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
This includes doing an inventory of QLD Blue Carbon Stocks and sequestration rates, analyzing drivers of Blue Carbon sequestration in QLD catchments, creating spatial heatmaps of sites suitable for Blue Carbon additionality, and developing predictive models of Blue Carbon under different management scenarios. Queensland Blue builds QLD’s Blue Carbon future and expands carbon farming through the development of a new Blue Carbon market.
Blue carbon ecosystems (seagrass meadows, tidal marshes and mangrove forests) are among the most efficient carbon sinks, however, these ecosystems are declining globally. Because of their ability to capture CO2, there is an increasing recognition of their role in climate change mitigation, and consequently, a growing demand to incorporate blue carbon into national greenhouse gas accounts.
Deakin’s Blue Carbon Lab will help put Queensland at the forefront of international efforts to incorporate coastal carbon within CO2 mitigation strategies, thereby helping to mitigate climate change while also improving other ecosystem services (e.g. water quality, enhancing natural capital, and contributing to jobs, economic growth and community wellbeing).
Queensland Blue answers the most critical question underpinning further consideration and investment in blue carbon in the Land Restoration Fund
How big is the opportunity for blue carbon in Queensland and where to act?
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This project was delivered as part of the Pilot Projects Program of the Land Restoration Fund, supported by the Queensland Government.
Research was led by Deakin University in collaboration with The University of
Queensland, James Cook University, CSIRO, HSBC, Qantas, Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, NQ Dry Tropics, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Greencollar.