Our planet is up against some truly sobering obstacles.
Let's cut right to the chase – 2019 will be a turning point for nature. With each passing minute, more of the natural world we cherish disappears. In Australia alone, more than half a million hectares of natural habitat is cleared each year.
At this make-or-break moment, the actions we take from now will be crucial. But as daunting as the challenges may seem, we remain optimistic. At The Nature Conservancy in Australia, we have hope because we know we have people like you standing with us — ready to take the lead and speak out for the critical conservation that's needed right now.
Will you lead the way as a champion for nature?
We need to rally your fighting spirit now more than ever. That's why we're kicking off our Conservation Champion Challenge to recruit 150 new Champions for nature by World Wildlife Day, Sunday 3rd March.
Reversing the damage
Last year when The Nature Conservancy took over management of Gayini Nimmie-Caira, an 88,000-hectare property in the lower Murray-Darling Basin known as the "Kakadu of the South", we truly hit the botanical jackpot. It's a remarkable place that's one of the few significant remaining areas of river red gums in Australia. It’s home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. During the wet season, the lakes and other wetlands in the area join up to become an inland sea that makes the perfect breeding ground for threatened species such as the Blue-billed Duck, Southern Bell Frog, and the iconic Murray Cod.
But trying to reverse the damage by agricultural development and feral animals is a little like buying an old house and giving it a cosmetic renovation — it looks good from a distance, but there's a lot of work to be done on the inside. The process of restoring areas of damaged wetlands, habitat for endangered plants and animals, and sensitive grasslands infested by non-native species has only just begun.
There are so many natural places that need to be cared for. And like all conservation projects, it takes time and continued support. This year we will start work to reverse the damage at Gayini Nimmie-Caira to reinstate a more natural flooding regime to give our iconic species a fighting chance to thrive again.
Reliable, monthly support is the very best way to ensure Gayini Nimmie-Caira and other critical conservation projects succeed in 2019. That's why we call monthly donors Conservation Champions. And there's no better time to show your support.
Being a Conservation Champion is the most effective AND efficient way to support The Nature Conservancy in Australia. As a monthly donor, you...
- Provide continuous, reliable support: Because we can count on your gift every month, we can plan further ahead AND respond to challenges as they arise—such as addressing water scarcity and conserving biodiversity in the lower Murray-Darling Basin with the purchase of the Great Cumbung and management of Gayini Nimmie-Caira in the past year. These neighbouring properties cover an area of more than 121,000 hectares that’s home to 131 bird species.
- Make an even bigger impact for nature: You'll be supporting the most urgent on-the-ground conservation day in and day out, such as bringing back our near extinct shellfish reefs across our southern coasts. Last year we expanded this work to Oyster Harbour, WA and recently we announced that our shellfish reef project will be established up the east coast in Noosa, Queensland.
- Are more efficient: You’re leading the way by automatically helping conservation in Australia every month. Your steady and reliable support can help us return balance to ecosystems like the lower Murray-Darling Basin. And your streamlined payments mean more of your gift goes toward saving nature.
Together, we're achieving large-scale victories across Australia – victories rooted in solid science, collaboration and a strategic framework for change.
Where your money goes
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) 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 three financial years, 75% 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.
Every dollar you give counts.
Please sign up to make your dependable monthly gift today and help us save our unique wildlife. Every donation over $2 is tax deductible, so I urge you to make the most generous gift you can, but if you’re unable to commit to a monthly gift, your one-off donation would be greatly appreciated.