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Black-flanked Rock-wallaby is an endangered species surviving in small isolated populations in Australia © John Spies

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It's sad - Australia is a world leader in deforestation and species extinction. 

We're killing tens of millions of native animals including threatened species and wiping out endangered forests and woodlands. In fact, we’ve cleared nearly half of our forest cover in the last 200 years!

Please, don't let this tragedy continue.
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What we do RIGHT NOW is critical to the future of our lands and waters, and the communities that rely on them. There is something you can do to make a difference.

The Nature Conservancy is focused on making large-scale change — and with your support we can protect and conserve more of our precious lands and waters on which all life depends.

You understand how crucial it is to push harder to protect as much nature as possible. But we need your support.

one the the Earth's first animals, at Nilpena
Dickinsonia fossil one the the Earth's first animals, at Nilpena © Jason Irving / South Australian Department of the Environment and Water

Latest land acquisition - Nilpena West

In a recent news, The Nature Conservancy is proud to be supporting the acquisition and protection of Nilpena West. Located in outback South Australia, Nilpena West is a 60,000 hectare former pastoral property with an internationally significant fossil site and areas of high conservation value. 

Nilpena West is the home of the extremely important Ediacara Fossil site that contains the oldest fossilised animals on Earth.

It’s described by some as the "dawn of animal life", and it’s one BIG reason why it’s so important for our natural heritage to protect and conserve this area.

The Ediacara Fossil site, on the National Heritage List, is unique in that palaeontologists have been able to excavate a series of 40 fossiliferous beds. They contain scores of species that preserve snapshots of the seafloor as animal life first unfolded around 550 million years ago. There is no other place on Earth where this has occurred for fossils of any age. They’re considered so significant that NASA has funded ongoing research at the site to learn about how life might evolve on other planets.

Nilpena West sits between, and will link with two neighbouring conservation properties — the Ediacara Conservation Park with the Lake Torrens National Park — creating a total protect area of nearly 630,000 hectares. That’s 2.5 times the size of the ACT.

These properties will also support the nomination for the listing of areas of the Flinders Ranges as a World Heritage Site.

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The Great Cumbung supports large expanses of reed swamp © Tim Roberts-Thomson

The biggest land purchase in Australia's history

In early 2019 we made the most valuable private conservation-focused purchase in Australia’s history. We’re protecting almost the entire extent of the Great Cumbung Swamp in the lower Murray-Darling River (in NSW) from being converted into an irrigated farmland placing even further pressure on the stressed river system. This is a big step towards reviving the lower Murray-Darling Basin to its former glory.

This 34,000 hectare property is protecting 131 bird species, more than 200 plant species and 19 native fish species. In times of drought, these natural wetlands and floodplains provide desperately needed refuge for endangered species such as the Australasian Bittern and Australian Painted-snipe, as well as the iconic Murray Cod that is under serious threat. With this game-changing purchase, our critical work at the Great Cumbung has just begun. We will be managing the conservation of these wetlands and extending our efforts to help protect other areas of the Murray-Darling Basin and important habitat across Australia.

with Warru (Black-flanked Rock-wallaby) joey
Martu ranger with Warru (Black-flanked Rock-wallaby) joey © Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa

130 million hectares across northern Australia

In northern Australia, our team works across the vast tropical savanna landscapes of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, covering more than 130 million hectares. This area of high biodiversity has more than half of Australia’s bird species and around one third of its mammal species. 

We co-funded the purchase and helped manage eight properties across northern Australia, including properties such as Wongalara Station and Yourka Reserve.

To date, we've helped establish protected areas across 22% of northern Australia, compared to 4% back in 2004.

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Our ambitious mission

The Nature Conservancy's mission is to conserve the land and waters on which all life depends.

Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

We are one of the world’s largest conservation organisations. Founded in 1951 in the United States of America, we now work in 74 countries, with nearly 4,000 staff – including 400 scientists. We’re a not for profit, non-government, non-partisan organisation. 

What makes us different?

Striving to make a real difference to protect and conserve the Australian environment for the benefit of people and nature, we pride ourselves on five key strengths in the way we work.

1. We get things done

We’re proud to be very action-oriented in our approach to conservation. While we invest in policy formulation, public awareness campaigns and other forms of indirect conservation action, most of our efforts are applied directly in the field to make an immediate difference for conservation.

See for yourself with these examples: 

2. We’re highly trusted 

In 2018, for the fifth time, The Nature Conservancy was named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, an independent research centre. This honour recognises our focus on ethics and integrity in everything we do. We were the only philanthropic organisation to be recognised. The diversity of partners we work with here in Australia in business, government and local communities also demonstrates the high levels of trust these entities place in us.

3. We’re efficient

Working closely with a range of partners such as farmers, fishers, Indigenous rangers and other environmental groups means we conduct our work in the most efficient way possible. In fact, 76% of our funding goes directly to supporting our conservation projects. We’ve had more than 65 years’ experience in getting this right.

4. We’re experts in our field 

Our Australian team includes a range of expert specialists, about half of whom are scientists with marine biology, ecology, zoology or forest conservation backgrounds. You can meet each of our Australian program scientists and learn about what they do here. Being part of a global team working across 74 countries means we can also draw on the 400 other scientists employed by The Nature Conservancy globally including the talents of our global Chief Scientist, Dr Hugh Possingham.

5. Our work has the highest impact

We’re highly focused on conservation work that has the highest possible impact on a landscape or seascape scale. Take for example: 

You can learn more about the impacts we’re having across Australia here.

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TNC Australia is a fully accredited member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association for added peace of mind. © The Nature Conservancy

Where your money goes

The Nature Conservancy has been protecting the environment for nearly 70 years. From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, TNC is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is to create a world where people and nature can thrive. With your support, we can put the best conservation science into action right now.

In the last financial year, 76% of gifts have gone straight into conservation programs. We strive to ensure your vital donations make the largest impact for nature now and for the future of our planet.

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