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The Diverse Benefits of Biodiversity
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The Diverse Benefits of Biodiversity

Biodiversity is a strong priority for Greenfleet and we’d like to take a moment to explain why that is.

Together, we are stronger, this much we know. This truth is reflected in our landscapes as a biodiverse landscape is a more resilient one. A resilient ecosystem is able to endure disturbances and remain functional. In this way, resilience is an even more valuable quality in a climate-changing future. Especially as disturbances like extreme weather are becoming more common.

Australia is rich in biodiversity and home to many unique ecosystems. Because of our geographical isolation, we provide habitat for many species that couldn’t exist anywhere else. Over 84% of our mammals are endemic and it is up to us to provide them with habitat.

Unfortunately, deforestation is a major threat to many of our plants and animals with 1,420 forest-dwelling species currently listed as threatened. The most recent studies show that the clearing of native vegetation in Australia is occurring at the rate of 395,000 hectares per year. That’s equivalent of nearly 20 football fields like Melbourne's MCG every day! 

While a young forest is no replacement for old-growth, reforestation remains one of the strongest tools we have in taking climate action. Through planting a variety of native species, Greenfleet hopes to grow the great forests of our future.

 

 

Our 10-year old forest at Battery Creek in Victoria has become a biodiverse wonderland. 

The biodiversity in these forests means they present many more benefits in the areas in which they are growing. Not only do the trees draw carbon from the atmosphere and into the soil; they provide habitat for threatened species, they help to purify water, they decrease salinity in soils, they remediate the effects of erosion and the list goes on. We belong to an infinitely complex and colourful web of life and every species plays a part.

By helping Greenfleet plant native, biodiverse forests, you are helping to restore habitat, sequester carbon, create resilience, clean water and most importantly - allow life to thrive!

By Sofi Krige
Sofi is currently on placement with Greenfleet while she completes her studies in Environmental Sociology.

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