Carbon capture site picked in SA wetlands

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An area of ​​coastal wetlands north of Adelaide will be restored as part of an innovative carbon capture and storage project to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The Nature Conservancy Australia has chosen a site near Webb Beach for the blue carbon project where work over the next year will restore natural tidal flows in wetlands and increase salt marsh growth.

Blue carbon is carbon captured and sequestered by coastal wetlands, including mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass beds, which can then remain in sediments for thousands of years, making it one of the solutions natural conditions in the longer term to climate change.

The project will result in other environmental benefits such as the protection of endangered species and the creation of roosting and feeding habitats for important migratory and resident shorebirds.

The Webb Beach site is near the northern boundary of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, a critically important habitat for many Australian and migratory birds.

About 15,000 shorebirds congregate in the region for up to six months each year before migrating to breeding grounds in China, Siberia and elsewhere in East Asia.

The Nature Conservancy said expanding the habitat available to these birds would also bolster global conservation efforts along one of the world’s three major migratory bird flight routes.

The SA project is supported by Smartgroup, an innovative car leasing and salary package provider, and the European philanthropic organization COmON Foundation.

Funding has also been provided by the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water.

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