DG: Revegetation for Biodiversity and Employment

Conduct revegetation in important areas to improve biodiversity outcomes and provide local tourism and employment opportunities.

Why it is important?

Revegetation programs can provide both environmental and social outcomes. In addition to increasing available habitat and improving landscape connectivity for wildlife, coordinated revegetation programs can provide employment for locals, including Traditional Owners. A mechanism which could expand the revegetation activities in this area is ‘revegetation tourism’ – where tourists pay to be involved in local revegetation projects. This could provide additional resources for revegetation, while also contributing positively to local tourism.

Examples of Local Action

  • Investigate ‘revegetation tourism’, where tourists are able to contribute to important revegetation projects when they visit the area.  There is already an identified demand for this type of tourism, particularly from the corporate sector.
  • Investigate carbon / cassowary / reef credit programs to support large scale revegetation in the area.
  • Funding to employ local Indigenous people in revegetation and other natural resource management activities.
  • Revegetating native species in urban areas for environmental and recreational purposes eg. Mossman Botanic Garden-Foxton Park-Mossman River area.

Contribution to Regional Priority

R-CM8: Corridors, Connectivity and the Community
Strategically and collaboratively conduct restoration projects in priority locations across the Wet Tropics, to improve landscape connectivity and increase ecosystem resilience in the face of traditional and emerging threats, like climate change.

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