Restoring Australia’s biodiversity

Carbon Positive Australia is dedicated to restoring and preserving our much-loved Australian environment through native tree planting projects that help restore landscapes and biodiversity. 

Our projects are about more than just carbon offsets – they’re about meaningful restoration. When you partner with Carbon Positive Australia, you support native tree planting projects that contribute to the global effort to mitigate climate change.  

As a grassroots organisation with deep roots in Australia, we develop projects strategically to address the greatest need. 

Not only that, Carbon Positive Australia works with business partners to boost Australian conservation and restoration, empower individuals and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, and build the capacity of tree planting projects.

“We have a spectacular wonderland of species found nowhere else on this Earth – from boasting the world’s largest collection of wildflowers to our magical underwater coral playgrounds. Not just an incredible spectacle, biodiversity itself requires a delicate balance for us all to thrive.” – Lauren Purcell, Communications & Partnerships Coordinator

Find out more about biodiversity, why it is important and how Carbon Positive Australia is working to restore biodiversity in two of Australia’s Biodiversity Hotspots.

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity has a direct impact on all of our lives. As humans, it gives us a functioning ecosystem that provides oxygen, clear air and water, plant pollutions, pest control, wastewater treatment, and ecosystem services.

Biodiversity includes:

  • Species diversity. This refers to the number of different species within a particular area. Each species represents a unique evolutionary path and contributes to the overall diversity of life on Earth.
  • Genetic diversity. This refers to the variety of genes within a species. Genetic diversity is essential for species to adapt to changing environmental conditions and ensure populations’ long-term survival.
  • Ecosystem diversity. This refers to the variety of ecosystems within a region. Different ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands, and wetlands, support a distinct assortment of species and play specific ecological roles.

Biodiversity is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, food, wealth, fuel, and the vital services our lives depend on.

Organisms, ecosystems, and ecological processes supply us with oxygen and clean water. They help keep our lives in balance and regulate the climate.

Yet this rich diversity is being lost at a greatly accelerated rate because of human activities.

According to the 2014 Living Planet Report, our demand on the planet is more than 50% greater than what nature can sustain, with dramatic declines in biodiversity since 1970.

CSIRO research shows that by 2070, the impacts of climate change on Australia’s biodiversity will be widespread and extreme. We must take action to preserve this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss.

What is the state of biodiversity in Australia?

Australia’s biodiversity is both rich and unique. Between 7-10% of all species on Earth are located in Australia, with 85% of Australia’s plant species endemic to the continent.


As a country, we are among the worst on biodiversity conservation, with a 5-10% loss, as noted in a study held between 1996 and 2008.

Western Australia alone has some of the richest diversity of plants and animals in the world, with the southwest recognised as one of the world’s 35 Biodiversity Hotspots (and the only one in Australia).

What are biodiversity hotspots?

Biodiversity hotspots are defined as geographical regions with exceptionally high levels of species richness and are also under significant threat due to human activities.

These areas are characterised by having a high number of plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth (endemic species). Biodiversity hotspots are recognised for their biological importance and the urgent need to conserve their unique and threatened ecosystems.

To be classified as a biodiversity hotspot, a region must meet the following:

  • Species richness.The hotspot must have at least 1,500 species of vascular plants (about 0.5% of the world’s total) as endemic and should have lost at least 70% of its original habitat.
  • Threat level. The hotspot should be under significant threat due to human activities, such as destruction, invasive species, pollution, and climate change.

How is Carbon Positive Australia working to restore Biodiversity Hotspots in Australia?

At Carbon Positive Australia, we work to protect Australia’s Biodiversity Hotspots through our land restoration projects that support our wildlife and ecosystems.

Central to our work is the commitment to develop, support and catalyse tree-planting activities. Tree planting holds immense potential for combatting climate change and regenerating the land. By supporting and championing tree-planting initiatives, we seek to amplify the positive impact of these activities.

Activities that not only support wildlife and ecosystems but also help to reduce the impacts of climate change, helping to bring in rain, hold soil, clean rivers, and stop erosion. For farmers, this work provides windbreaks, shade for stock, and a ready supply of birds to reduce pests. It also supports work for First Nations Rangers and improves regional economies.

Our work in restoring Biodiversity Hotspots in Australia takes place in the ‘Big Scrub’ of Northern NSW and the Wheatbelt of WA

“We are all part of the ecosystem that creates the beautiful environment that we inhabit, and we must remember that the land does not belong to us, rather that we belong to the land – we are nature and nature is us, without biodiversity we all lose.” – Lauren Purcell, Communications & Partnerships Coordinator

Give back to Carbon Positive Australia

Support Carbon Positive Australia in restoring biodiversity and nature by simply giving back to them from every sale or when sending an invoice.

Let’s be the change, together.

Story by Lauren Purcell, Communications & Partnerships Coordinator, Carbon Positive Australia

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