"The health of many Australian ecosystems is in steep decline. Replanting vast
tracts of land with native vegetation will prevent species extinctions and help
abate climate change – but which landscapes should be restored, and how much
would it cost?
Our latest research sought answers to these questions. We devised a feasible
plan to restore 30% of native vegetation cover across almost all degraded
ecosystems on Australia’s marginal farming land.
By spending A$2 billion – about 0.1% of Australia’s gross domestic product –
each year for about 30 years, we could restore 13 million hectares of degraded
land without affecting food production or urban areas.
Such cost-effective solutions must be implemented now if we’re to pull our
landscapes back from the brink. This bold vision would transform the way we
manage our landscapes, help Australia become a net-zero nation and create jobs
in regional communities."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics