What is the 20 Million Trees Program?
The 20 Million Trees Program was initiated in 2014 to re-establish green corridors, urban forests and threatened ecological communities.
The program had 4 strategic objectives:
- 20 million trees – 20 million trees and associated understorey established by 2020
- environmental conservation – supporting local environmental outcomes by improving the extent, connectivity and condition of native vegetation that supports native species (including threatened species and threatened ecological communities)
- community engagement – work cooperatively with the community
- carbon reduction – reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The program has been reviewed, finding that it met its 4 strategic objectives with:
- 29,508,062 trees over 2 m established as at 30 June 2021
- more than 30,000 hectares revegetated
- over 2,500 species planted
- 17,958 hectares treated for weeds
- 96,654 people participating in project activities as volunteers
- 141 Indigenous people employed through the program in ranger and non-ranger positions
- the program could indicatively sequester on average 1.47 to 2.95 million tonnes CO2 over the decade from 2021 to 2030, based on 29.5 million trees over 2 m in height.
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