To be recognised as an AGI, a nominated large scale tree planting initiative must garner at least 60 per cent of the total score per criterion.
Ecological Soundness: 55%
- Use of a selection of indigenous species which may –
a. Include both pioneer species and slower maturing species typical of more advanced succession stage; and
b. Provide shade, shelter, and food to attract wildlife living in adjacent areas.
- Invasive alien species and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should not be used.
- The trees to be planted should be suitable to the natural biophysical characteristics of the area, and as such, should, as far as applicable, be suitable to the climate, original topography, soil, and elevation of the area before degradation.
- The tree planting activity should contribute to increasing the ecological value of the locality (e.g. enhance or support pollinator populations, improve ecosystem services, etc.).
- The tree planting activity should contribute to improving site resilience, respond to climate change impacts, and where feasible, demonstrate rehabilitation of degraded habitats.
- As far as practicable, minimise the use of chemical pesticides and artificial control agents.
- Maintenance and protection interventions must be programmed to ensure the survival and sustainability of the replanted trees.
RECOGNITION AND SPECIAL AWARDS
5,001 to 20,000 trees
20,001 to 50,000 trees
50,001 to 100,000 trees
over 100,000 trees