** Last update: 14 January 2020 **
With $25 million assigned to an emergency intervention fund for immediate, critical wildlife and habitat survival interventions, a further $25 million has been made available to support wildlife rescue, zoos, Natural Resource Management Groups, Greening Australia and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has been selected to coordinate the national environmental volunteering response to the bushfire crisis. From our experience in other disaster responses, we know that large numbers of people will contribute their time and skills to help with recovery over the many weeks, months and years ahead.
Responding will require efforts at a scale that will only be known once affected areas are declared safe, and damage has been assessed. The sheer scale of the fires, the sensitive nature of many of the areas affected, and the numbers of wildlife that are displaced are enormous. We stand ready to help volunteers to contribute and direct their efforts to recovery actions that will help land, water and wildlife.
Beyond the terrible human and community impacts, we already know that the environmental damage is enormous. Millions of native animals have been lost, many species are under threat and massive areas of habitat have been impacted.
This disaster is going to affect Australia for many years to come.
Bushfire Response & Recovery
We want to acknowledge the incredible work of Australia’s fire-fighting and emergency response services (and teams from overseas who have joined the effort), which is so reliant on volunteers. They have gone above and beyond to save lives, homes, as well as protecting wildlife and important habitat where possible.
In many areas across the country we are still in an emergency phase, whilst other areas are beginning to assess the losses caused by bushfire and plan for recovery.
In Australia (and around the world), people are wanting to take action, however it’s hard to know how to go about it. Conservation Volunteers Australia has a proven track record of getting people involved in environmental restoration action and has the expertise, people and knowledge to support ecological communities that have been affected by the bushfires. We’re working closely with partners in affected regions to make sure people can be involved in this recovery too, when the time is right.
We are developing our plan to make the most effective contribution to the recovery efforts regionally and nationally. This will play a significant role in an immediate environment emergency response and a longer-term environmental recovery led by the regions affected. We expect that we will be providing thousands of volunteering opportunities for the significant work needed in the weeks, months and years ahead.
Register for Updates
Please register your interest in bushfire recovery with us via this form, and we will contact you as soon as opportunities for supporting bushfire recovery become available.I'm Interested in Bushfire Recovery
This emergency is on-going and human safety is paramount. We are mindful of the significant ongoing impact on communities affected by the bushfires, and will make volunteering opportunities available in conjunction with local partners when the areas are safe to re-enter and local partners have the capacity to engage.
Our absolute priority is volunteer and staff safety at this stage. Please do not approach active fire grounds without contacting appropriate emergency response organisations.
If your organisation is involved in recovery efforts and needs support for that work, you can get in touch to request support here.
We’re currently working on a range of initiatives to support recovery efforts. We have established a Bushfire Recovery fund to assist these efforts initially. Please support however you are able.
If you have enquiries about our bushfire response, please contact us on:
Freecall 1800 032 501 (within Australia)
+61 3 5330 0200 from anywhere in the world