Case study: Blue Heart, Sunshine Coast, Queensland-Blue carbon sequestration

Land and agriculture South East Queensland (North)

The Blue Heart is an area of more than 5,000 hectares that provides flood storage for the Maroochy River catchment. This floodplain area is already impacted by tidal inundation, and over time the area will continue transitioning due to sea level rise caused by climate change.

The Blue Heart project will manage the land and water through this transition to provide positive outcomes for our environment, community, and economy. The project is a partnership between the Queensland Government, Sunshine Coast Council and UnityWater who are establishing a regionally-significant complex of wetland and floodplain ecosystems, and new uses for existing rural and agricultural lands. This includes the investigation of opportunities for carbon sequestration through the emerging blue carbon method of land management.

Find out more about the Blue Heart project.