Resource Centre

Welcome to our Resources Centre for Rivers of Carbon, where we share the science and practice of what we have learnt over the years we have been working in river and riparian management.

We have organised the Resources Centre against topics to make it easier to navigate. You will see that some of our resources appear in multiple topics, and this reflects the interdependencies that characterise river and riparian management.

We will continue to add to the Resources Centre, so keep checking back for new products. We encourage you to share this page with others. 😊

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Riparian Management

If you want to learn about riparian areas, this is where to start. Here you will find products focusing on the principles of riparian management, how to assess the condition of your riparian area, and practical help to address common riparian issues. You will discover why riparian areas are so important, and the reason they are the ‘best bang’ for any buck you spend (money or effort) on mitigating climate change, boosting biodiversity, improving water quality and enjoying the feelings that only being near water can engender.

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Rivers of Carbon – Restoration Approach

We do not believe there is one discipline called ‘River Restoration’, rather, we believe that biophysical, social and cultural knowledge needs to be brought together to ensure we work alongside landholders and their communities. Here you will find the resources that guide this philosophy, and how we put it into practice.

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Erosion Control

One of the first areas we pay attention to when restoring a riparian area is gully, river bank and bed stability, as well as the impact of adjoining landuse on vulnerable waterways. These resources provide practical examples of what landholders in the Rivers of Carbon program have done on their place to deal with different sorts of erosion and the science underpinning these treatments.

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Managing Stock

If we were to do one thing to protect our rivers and riparian areas, it would be to control stock access. Domestic stock like to linger in riparian areas, degrading river banks and reducing water quality. These resources are all about helping landholders to manage stock so that riparian areas are protected and managed within the overall property plan as vital, but vulnerable parts of the farm.

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Revegetation

When we think about riparian restoration we picture people planting trees – and this is a really important part of what we do as ‘those who plant a tree, plant hope’. Along with trees are shrubs, grasses, sedges and reeds, all vital parts of our riparian vegetation. We are also trying to protect and restore our threatened plant species so that we don’t lose these special plants from the riparian areas we care so much about.

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Aboriginal Knowledge

We know that when we combine Aboriginal knowledge with our science and landholder experience we make great gains. Traditional ecological knowledge teaches us about relationships with our land and water that are respectful, mutually beneficial and insightful. We are on a journey to continue to find ways to integrate the living knowledge of Aboriginal river experts into our Rivers of Carbon approach.

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Community Engagement

There is little point in doing riparian restoration if we don’t work with the communities our waterways are a part of. We enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories about connection, loss and the motivation to restore the rivers, streams and wetlands that are important to them. Working together with the people and communities that invite us onto their properties and into their homes, is a privilege that guides who we work with, how we work, and the trusted relationships that develop and take us into a shared future.

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Financial Benefits

There is a growing recognition of the need for us to care for our land and water resources if our towns and farms are to have a sustainable future.  This is a new part of our resource centre and we will continue to add more information and options for landholders keen to access incentives to assist them with riparian management on their farm.

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Rivers of Carbon:
Resource Pack

In this resource pack, we have a Technical Guideline providing the science behind our work, as well as reports from our monitoring activities and two fabulous editions of RipRap featuring Rivers of Carbon projects across Australia. The Stream Condition Checklist and Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition provide you with information about what a healthy riparian zone looks like and is useful for you to take when wandering along your river to see what you can do to protect or restore condition. We also have two fact sheets, one focusing on the species we use to revegetate riparian areas in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, and the other sharing what we know about Buffers, Sponges and Moderators – swampy meadows and wetlands.

This pack contains:

  • Technical guide: What is a River of Carbon?
  • Stream condition checklist
  • RipRap: Rivers of Carbon – Rivers of Life
  • RipRap: Habitat makes fish happen
  • Rapid appraisal of riparian condition assessment tool
  • Native revegetation species list
  • Swampy meadows and wetlands fact sheet
  • Treating erosion headcuts fact sheet

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Australian River Restoration Centre:
Resource Packs


We have been working for many years to turn science and experience into useful communication products organised against key river management issues. These resources provide you with the opportunity to explore the range of websites, publications, fact sheets, tools, guidelines and stories we have created around river management topics. We hope you find them useful.