- Queensland Globe; has layers depicting places and boundaries of population, property, industry and natural resource features and habitats.
- Biodiversity; includes key planning assessments, benchmarking and mapping requests for biodiversity. Such topics include:
- Biodiversity Planning Assessments
- BioCondition benchmarks
- Aquatic Conservation assessments
- Environmental maps and data online; outlines a range of environmental and natural resource data reports and maps relevant to Queensland. Such topics include:
- Regional Ecosystems
- WetlandInfo website
- Regulated Vegetation Management Maps
- Matters of State Environmental Significance
- Terrestrial biodiversity and aquatic conservation values
- SEQ Koala Habitat maps
- Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES); Protected Matters Search Tool: Generate a report that will help determine whether MNES or other matters protected by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 are likely to occur in a selected area of interest, Commonwealth
- Blue Maps; Catchment connectivity: Identifies the areas of strongest connectivity to distinguish areas with the greatest value for the delivery of ecological processes that benefit the Great Barrier Reef, River Heath
- Protected Plant Flora Survey; trigger map identifying high-risk areas where endangered, vulnerable or near threatened native plants are present or are likely to be present.
What are co-benefits?
Co-benefits are the direct positive environmental, social or economic outcomes associated with carbon farming projects. Payment for co-benefits in Queensland is one of the unique aspects of the Land Restoration Fund (the Fund).
Examples of co-benefits include:
- Better water quality flowing into the Great Barrier Reef, further supporting the Reef’s resilience and health. These co-benefits might be delivered by improving the health or ecological condition of wetlands and coastal ecosystems.
- Enhancing habitat re-growth for threatened species, both flora and fauna. These co-benefits might be delivered by increasing diverse native forest cover.
- New income streams and more jobs for Queenslanders, allowing them to stay in rural communities. These co-benefits may foster resilience in rural, regional and remote communities such as supporting connection to Country for First Nations peoples.
How are co-benefits measured?
The Fund has established its own robust standard that explains the design, monitoring and reporting criteria for co-benefits. The Co-benefits Standard is the reference document that the Fund will use to verify and certify co-benefits under three categories:
- Environmental – improving biodiversity, habitat for threatened species, soils, wetlands, and water systems.
- Social and Economic – improving the resilience and strength of regional communities by providing direct and indirect jobs, and more investment into Queensland regions.
- First Nations – providing on-country business opportunities as well as new service delivery businesses and supporting cultural connections.
Projects may deliver co-benefits from one, two, or all of the above categories. If you are applying for funding, you will need to show how your project aligns with the Co-benefits Standard, including a detailed description of the co-benefit(s) and how you will monitor, measure, verify and report them.
Tools to identify co-benefits