Get to Know Us and Our Mission
For millions of years, Australia’s ecosystems have evolved in isolation. Our distance from other land masses means that 80 percent of our plant and animal species are found nowhere else on earth — a number only amplified by the fact that 10 percent of the world’s biodiversity calls Australia home.
Yet the isolation that made Australia’s ecosystems so unique leaves many of them without the protective measures they need to withstand modern environmental threats like invasive species, overdevelopment and climate change.
Since starting work in Australia more than a decade ago, The Nature Conservancy has worked closely with the Australian government, local partners and Indigenous communities to protect some of the world’s rarest, most delicate ecosystems. We’ve supported conservation efforts across more than 120 million hectares of Australia's lands and waters and have helped to secure 29 high-priority additions to the National Reserve System, including some of the largest private protected areas in Australia. Join us in helping to protect Australia’s future.
Conservation at the Scale of Nature
The Conservancy is working at a vast scale in the Great Western Woodlands and the northern Australian grasslands, which are respectively home to the largest remaining mediterranean woodlands and savanna grasslands on earth.
We team with a large and diverse coalition of partners to achieve unprecedented conservation results in these regions, and we work with our allies to ensure that conservation lands are sustainably funded for generations to come.
Through assisting with 13 million hectares of Indigenous Protected Areas across northern and central Australia, the Conservancy is helping to combine local knowledge with the latest in conservation techniques. By implementing a fire management plan that uses traditional techniques to pursue sustainable burning plans, we’re drawing on the old and the new to offset carbon emissions and make ecosystems more resilient against the stresses of climate change.
Protecting Places, Providing for People
In the next five years, we plan on significantly increasing the number of Indigenous Rangers throughout the country and encouraging greater engagement with indigenous communities on conservation issues. These goals will improve the management of vast networks of conservation lands as well as provide livelihoods for people well-equipped to steward their native lands.
Protecting Australia’s environment not only means setting aside lands for conservation. It means creating healthier, more resilient ecosystems that can benefit people and wildlife alike. The Conservancy is fully committed to ensuring that Australia’s ecosystems continue to evolve in sustainable ways — and not in isolation, but rather with both the global vision and local expertise necessary to ensure our country’s survival for millions of years more.
The Nature Conservancy has a local Australian Advisory Board which fulfills four distinct roles: ambassador, conservationist, fundraiser and advisor.