How to generate biodiversity credits from your land

If you are a landholder, company or council you may wish to consider entering into a biodiversity stewardship agreement that will generate biodiversity credits for sale. These are voluntary agreements between the BCT and a landholder to permanently protect and manage an area of land to improve its biodiversity values.

Under the agreement, biodiversity credits are generated, which represent the expected improvement in biodiversity that will result from the protection and management of the site. Landholders (or their representatives) negotiate the sale price of their biodiversity credits with the credit buyer, which may include developers, the BCT or other interested parties. A portion of the sale price must be paid into the Biodiversity Stewardship Payments Fund to cover the costs of managing the site in-perpetuity. The remaining income from the credit sale is kept by the landholder as profit.