The Victorian CMAs undertook a Statewide Catchment Carbon Offsets trial in 2017-18.

Catchment Carbon Offsets Trial

This Statewide climate change project was aimed at complementing Victorian government policies and strategies relating to climate change, water, catchment management and biodiversity by demonstrating how projects could deliver emissions reductions, climate resilience and improve catchment management outcomes. The project was a collaboration between the Victorian water sector, which comprises Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), Water Corporations and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).  The catchment carbon offset (CCO) concept was framed around the idea of projects being designed to retain and increase carbon stocks to meet Water Corporation’s emission reductions requirement while simultaneously providing environmental and social benefits that are consistent with regional NRM planning frameworks, programs and targets. To test this concept a case study was undertaken with Wannon Water, Corangamite CMA and Glenelg Hopkins CMA.

Catchment Carbon Offsets Trial Further Reading

Catchment Carbon Offsets Trial Final Report

Gellibrand River case study

Catchment Carbon Offsets Trial Project Summary

Catchment Carbon Offsets Trial YouTube Presentation

View a YouTube recording of a presentation by Jacobs providing an overview of the catchment carbon offsets trial and the development and testing of a case study involving Wannon Water and Corangamite and Glenelg Hopkins CMAs. The project is funded through the Victorian Government's Our Catchments Our Communities initiative.

This page was updated on 5 May 2020.