The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) will now credit eligible blue carbon projects that introduce tidal flows to help establish coastal wetland ecosystems.
A blue carbon project involves the removal or modification of a tidal restriction mechanism to introduce tidal flow to ecosystems including supratidal forests, mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrass.
The new method credits carbon abatement achieved by:
- increasing the carbon stored in soil and vegetation
- avoiding emissions from soils as they are rewetted, or from freshwater wetlands being returned to saline wetlands.
The Australian Government introduced the new method following public consultation.
Blue carbon is one of 5 priority methods developed during 2021 under the ERF.
Find out more about the method.