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.
You can help push conservation further
To date, our supporters have helped us conserve nearly the size of the Northern Territory!
There is NO OTHER conservation organisation that can make such large-scale impact like this. And large-scale impact is vitally important to protect our unique species for years to come.
With your support we can protect and conserve more of our precious lands and waters on which all life depends.
Latest land acquisition - Nilpena West
In recent news, we're 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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 (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.
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 purchases of and helped manage nearly 30 properties across Australia.
To date, we've helped establish protected areas across 22% of northern Australia.
Please give generously this Christmas to make a positive impact in Australia.
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 70 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:
- making history with Australia's largest land purchase for conservation.
- restoring lost shellfish reefs across the southern coasts of Australia. Once abundant, now over 90% of them are wiped out.
- reducing destructive late season wildfires in the Northern Territory and reducing carbon emissions.
- conserving part of the world’s largest intact desert in Western Australia.
- developing the world's first metropolitan-wide urban forest strategy.
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 70 countries and 9 territories means we can also draw on the 400 other scientists employed by The Nature Conservancy globally.
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:
- our shellfish reef restoration projects underway in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland (unique to The Nature Conservancy in Australia)
- our impact investment project in the Murray-Darling Basin balancing agriculture, finance and the environment – an Australian first.
- our urban forest strategy for metropolitan Melbourne. Another first for Australia and the world.
- the largest land purchase in Australia's history, the Great Cumbung swamp located in NSW, the southern Murray-Darling Basin.
You can learn more about the impacts we’re having across Australia here.
Where your money goes
We've been protecting the environment for nearly 70 years. From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, we're 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.