- Be informed
- Get involved
- Donate now
- News & media
Australia’s biodiversity is our nation's life support system. We need to take better care of the incredible ecosystem that supports us all.
Did you know that Australia spends more on a single desalination plant than it does on the nation’s premier conservation program?
There is an urgent need to boost investment from revenue created by putting a price on pollution and removing damaging fossil fuel subsidies. This revenue can be turned into action that reverses the decline of Australian ecosystems and secures their capacity to store carbon pollution.
That’s why its good news that a new biodiversity fund will now be established as a result of Australia’s Clean Energy bills being passed into law on November 8, 2011. ACF has campaigned for the creation of a biodiversity fund for the last three years.
The Australian Government has committed to providing funding of $946 million over the first six years for landholders to undertake projects that establish, restore, protect or manage biodiverse carbon stores.
The government has said the fund will support restoration and management of biodiverse carbon stores including:
Nature silently works away, day and night, producing the water, wildlife, oxygen, soils and crop pollination that produces the food Australians depend on. There is no factory or technology capable of producing so much of value at so little cost.
Australia has one of the worst species extinction records on Earth. In some regions up to 60% of mammals, 30% of birds and 25% of reptiles are threatened with extinction. About 50% of woodland and forest ecosystems, and 70% of remaining forests are ecologically degraded from logging.
Some of Australia’s iconic and significant ecosystems that are under threat include:
Have a look at exactly what this fund can do to protect Australia's incredible biodiversity.