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Revegetation & Reforestation

*Drone imagery of our fieldwork teams in forest

Restoration, Sustainability, Biodiversity

Solution orientated


Revegetation projects capture carbon by permanently planting native trees to establish forest cover.

This method uses the Full Carbon Accounting Model (FullCAM) to work out the carbon captured by the growing trees, shrubs and debris (dead plant material). 

This revegetation method follows the requirements for The Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) (Reforestation by Environmental or Mallee Plantings-FullCAM) Methodology Determination 2014.

Revegetation Project Eligibility

Must be tree or mallee species native to local area.
Mallee must only be planted where rainfall < 600 mm.
Must be clear of forest for 5 years preceding project.
Must have potential to reach forest (20% crown cover of minimum 2 m trees)
Trees must not be harvested excepting hazard reduction.
Firewood, fruit and nuts must not be commercially harvested.
If previously lawfully cleared, it must have occurred:

7+ years ago (current owners
5+ years ago (previous owners).
Must not be on illegally cleared land.
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Revegetation in Shelterbelts

We were recently awarded a grant by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund to research carbon sequestration potential in shelterbelt plantings in southern Australia.

Ai Carbon has recently worked with 10 different farms across the South Australian Mallee to:

  • Develop shelterbelt designs that would be eligible for carbon credits under the Reforestation by Environmental or Mallee Plantings FullCAM Method
  • Calculate potential carbon sequestration and revenue
  • Assess likely impacts of plantings on each farm’s carbon account.

Our research findings

Projects recovered costs in 6 years and generated carbon revenues 3 - 5 times initial costs.
Block plantings had similar project returns to conventional shelterbelts.
Mallee belt plantings stored:

7 - 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare per year for 300 - 350 mm rainfall areas.
On average, planting 5% of farms to shelterbelts would offset around half of farm emissions.

Read our case studies