To build the resilience of our communities and country we work with our partners to deliver integrated climate-biodiversity solutions that provide the full basket of benefits – environmental, cultural, social and economic. This includes multifaceted projects that improve water quality and security, encourage animal ecosystem ‘engineers’ back into landscapes to supercharge the carbon cycle, reduce the risk of disease spread, retain important natural carbon sinks, and build the capacity of landholders to respond to the impacts of climate change.
By supporting projects that create healthy, diverse and well-connected landscapes and natural systems, and build the capacity of landholders, the Great Eastern Ranges initiative:
- Builds the resilience of our communities and wildlife and enables them to bounce back more rapidly after a climate disaster.
- Improves the wellbeing of our communities by maintaining the health of our landscapes, waterways and seascapes and reducing the risk of disease spillover and spread.
- Helps our native wildlife to adapt to climate change by providing them with vital refugia and space to move as conditions and food supplies change.
- Ensures that the environmental processes that sustain us, such as water filtration, pollination and pest control, can continue unimpeded.
- Maximises natural carbon absorption and storage by protecting and connecting our forests, woodlands, wetlands and other important habitats.
- Mitigates the impacts of climate change.
- Supports the identity, wellbeing, livelihoods and sense of place of traditional custodians and local communities by protecting the natural and cultural values that underpin them.