CEO NQ Dry Tropics Scott Crawford
NQ Dry Tropics operates in an ever changing funding landscape. New and exciting opportunities for sourcing investment continue to present themselves, and organisations such as ours need to not only adapt and embrace change, but also to develop and drive new opportunities.
To stay ahead of the game, we have been working in partnership with Terrain NRM and environmental markets investor, GreenCollar, to develop the Reef Credit Scheme.
This market-based initiative aims to open up new opportunities to improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, while providing a financial return to farmers and graziers.
It isn’t easy getting a groundbreaking initiative such as this off the ground. It has taken nearly two years from concept to a nearly operational system, a consultation process that included 40 briefings to industry, government and other stakeholders, and design input from dozens of experts from around Australia and overseas.
I am excited by the possibilities this scheme will provide, so watch this space! In the meantime, you can go to reefcredit.org for more information.
Reef Credits is just one of a number of funding initiatives that we are progressing. I look forward to talking about some of the others in the near future.