The Quenda rover increases the carbon in the soil by digging at the rate of 15,000 small pits per day facilitating seedling growth, soil microbial development and most importantly in Australia, allowing the soil to be hydrated, initiating the regeneration of the vegetation in degraded landscapes.
Pitting or bioturbation “perforates and primes” the landscape to receive and hold rain, facilitating seedling growth, microbial development whilst hydrating the soil.
Whilst the economic rationale for undertaking Quenda soil carbon projects is to earn carbon credits, the real benefits include:
• regenerating degraded ecosystems
• increasing biodiversity
• cooling local climates
• increasing rainfall
• reintroducing and monitoring wildlife
• rehydrating rangelands
One of the many challenges is to reduce global temperatures – not just reduce CO2. Mitigating the effects of a warming planet, there are limited actions of agency that humans have to try to cool the planet - it is simply too big a problem. As with all things, nature has already given us a solution if we are wise enough to look.
Up until now, there has not been a commercially viable way of restoring the soil carbon sponge. That is why it has not been done before in areas outside of small agricultural holdings in Australia. The Quenda changes this.
Working with industry, government and Indigenous partners, it’s our vision to restore the vegetation of vast areas of Australia’s land, and degraded landscapes globally.