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native to arid Australia
Sturt's Desert Pea native to arid Australia © Tracy Carboon/KJ

Recognition for conservation efforts

While most of our efforts go towards projects in the field to conserve nature, it’s nice to be recognised occasionally for this hard work. The extra attention this brings helps us to spread our message of nature conservation within the community. And the occasional prize money is always welcome to further our mission. Here are some of the awards we’ve recently received:

holds a sample of oysters growing on a recycled scallop shell
Simon Branigan holds a sample of oysters growing on a recycled scallop shell © Jenny Luu/TNC

2021 FINALIST SERA Awards - Port Phillip Bay shellfish reef restoration project

The Nature Conservancy Australia’s shellfish reef restoration project in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, was shortlisted as a finalist in the SERA Awards which took place on 14th May 2021. Held in Darwin by the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, the SERA awards recognised Excellence in Ecological Restoration Practice for projects from around Australasia.

monitoring our restored shellfish reef in South Australia
Marine team monitoring our restored shellfish reef in South Australia © James Fitzsimons/TNC

2020 WINNER Australian Museum Eureka Prize - Applied Environmental Research

Project: Rebuilding Australia's lost shellfish reefs

The Nature Conservancy, along with its partners James Cook University, University of Adelaide and University of Tasmania, supported by the NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub, are excited to have been awarded the Eureka Prize for Applied Environmental Research for our project ‘Rebuilding Australia’s Lost Shellfish Reefs’. Click here to read the press release.

on the Great Barrier Reef
Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef © Sam Noonan/AIMS

2020 WINNER Australian Museum Eureka Prize - Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research

Project: Coral reef bright spots

Coral reefs that are thriving despite human and environmental pressures can provide novel insights into confronting complex problems. A special team assembled the largest dataset of its type on conditions in over 6,000 reefs across 46 countries, allowing them to locate and learn from these coral reef 'bright spots’.

Social-Ecological Research Frontiers team: James Cook University; University of Tasmania; Macquarie University; University of Technology Sydney; Australia Institute of Marine Science; Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions; and The Nature Conservancy.

Building new shellfish reefs in Australia.
Port Phillip Bay Building new shellfish reefs in Australia. © Simon Branigan

2019 WINNER Victorian Seafood Industry Awards - Environment Award

Project: Restoring lost shellfish reefs of Port Phillip Bay

Our project to restore the lost shellfish reefs of Port Phillip Bay took out the Environment Award in the 2019 Victorian Seafood Industry Awards. 

holding the CCF Earth Award on behalf of the Team
Anita Nedosyko holding the CCF Earth Award on behalf of the Team © TNC

2019 WINNER South Australian Civil Contractors Federation Earth Award

Project: Windar Reef

Along with Maritime Constructions, we won the award for 'Projects valued up to $2M' for Windara Reef

Our metropolitan urban forest
Living Melbourne Our metropolitan urban forest © TNC

2019 WINNER AILA Victoria President's Award

Project: Living Melbourne: Our metropolitan urban forest

Our urban forest strategy – Living Melbourne: Our metropolitan urban forest, developed by The Nature Conservancy and Resilient Melbourne – was awarded the 2019 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ President’s Award. The award recognises the positive impact on Australian lives through the planning and design of built and natural environments.

Oyster reef restoration in Australia
Reef Team Oyster reef restoration in Australia © Ainita Nedosyko/TNC

2018 PROJECT MERIT Environmental Business International Business Achievement Award - Environmental Restoration

Project: Windara Reef

Our Windara Reef shellfish restoration project in South Australia was recognised for its merit in the 2018 Environmental Business International, Business Achievement Awards through the work of engineering partner Jacobs. 

making use of the new Windara Reef May 2018
Leatherjackets making use of the new Windara Reef May 2018 © Anita Nedosyko/TNC

2018 FINALIST South Australian Science Excellence Awards - Excellence in Research Collaboration

Project: Windara Reef

Our Windara Reef project delivered significant benefits between researchers and users of research leading to economic, social or environmental benefits for South Australia. 

to rebuild oyster reefs
Recycled Shell Deployment to rebuild oyster reefs © Simon Branigan

2018 FINALIST Victorian Coastal Awards and  2018 Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) Award for Restoration Excellence. 

Project: Restoring the Lost Shellfish Reefs of Port Phillip Bay

Our project to Restore the Lost Shellfish Reefs of Port Phillip Bay was named as a finalist in the ‘Biodiversity Conservation’ category of the 2018 Victorian Coastal Awards and in the 2018 Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) Award for Restoration Excellence.

 

Simon Branigan (left) accepts the award for TNC

2017 WINNER Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards: Community Category

Project: Shuck Don’t Chuck

The first of its kind in Australia, Shuck Don’t Chuck is a recycling program that helps to regenerate shellfish reefs with leftover oyster shells collected from local seafood restaurants and suppliers.

The program was pioneered in the US and, in Australia, The Nature Conservancy is importing this international know-how and tailoring it to local conditions through work with scientists, aquaculture farmers, seafood outlets and wholesalers.

Shells are quarantined and cured for six months then reused as new oyster and mussel reef habitat, diverting that waste from landfill in the short term and creating a healthier bay with improved water quality and habitat. Learn more.

for TNC's Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund
Banksia Natural Capital Award for TNC's Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund © Mark Baxter

2017 WINNER Banksia Sustainability Awards: Natural Capital Category 

Project: Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund

The Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund provides water security for farmers while protecting culturally significant wetlands that support threatened species and ecosystems. It invests in permanent water rights in the southern Murray-Darling Basin and allocates those rights in a smart way. It’s a win-win approach, aligning the interests of people and nature. Learn more.

Fish caught by the fishermen on Tetap Setia, a boat participating in TNC's FishFace program, are photographed on a measuring board in Indonesia
FishFace Fish caught by the fishermen on Tetap Setia, a boat participating in TNC's FishFace program, are photographed on a measuring board in Indonesia © Ed Wray

2016 WINNER Google Impact Challenge Australia

Project: FishFace

On 26th October 2016 our FishFace project was announced winner in the popular vote for the 2016 Google Impact Challenge: Australia.

This provided us with $750,000 to develop our game-changing technology that will protect global fish stocks, the livelihoods of coastal communities and provide a sustainable food source for billions of people.

Tens of thousands of people from all over the world voted for FishFace which got us across the line and we thank everyone for their support and interest in creating sustainable fisheries for people and nature.

in grassland
Wallaby in grassland © David Clode, Unsplash