This REDD project protects the native forests of Tasmania by making it more profitable for local people to engage in sustainable forest management practices than fell trees and degrade the land. In addition to preserving biodiversity (such as the endangered Tasmanian devil) and protecting the livelihoods of forest-dwelling communities, managing these forests in a sustainable way will also contribute significantly to preventing carbon emissions.
The project is set to generate 667,206 tonnes of CO2 emission savings by 2035. It also allows local farmers to retain their land by developing an alternative, sustainable revenue stream, while maintaining the aesthetic and recreational value of the Tasmanian landscape.
Roderic’s land has been in his family for generations. It borders the Great Western Tiers World Heritage site in Northern Tasmania. Like many people in the area, he used to rely on logging to generate an income. The Tasmanian Forest Carbon project has given Roderic the opportunity to engage in sustainable forest management, preserving this precious habitat. Building on this conservation approach, he is now diversifying into eco-tourism, offering accommodation for visitors to the Tasmanian Wilderness.