Another million actions for nature by 2030

At Conservation Volunteers Australia, we don’t just talk about the environment, we get things done with people power.

As Australia’s leading conservation organisation, we’ve been empowering people to take action for nature since 1982.

Our Theory of Change

At Conservation Volunteers Australia, we believe that by empowering people to improve the ecosystems in which they live, we are cultivating deep roots for lasting change and addressing the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Our theory of change illustrates how CVA’s actions work to achieve our vision (of a world where people and nature thrive, together) and articulates the interrelationship between human wellbeing and healthier environments.

Our conservation priorities

• Biodiversity and threatened species
• Oceans, wetlands and rivers
• Climate resilience

Connecting People & Nature since 1982

Healthier Environments

Every day we are driven by the goals in the UN 2030 Agenda, which challenge us to take action for nature to slow the pace of climate change and to preserve the wellbeing of the planet and of people. CVA’s strategic plans support the Global Goal for Nature and the Australian Government’s 30×30 pledge under the Biodiversity Framework. For four decades we have been focused on biodiversity restoration; oceans, wetlands, and rivers; and on strengthening climate resilience. So far, we have planted 20 million trees and counting.

Today, we help minimise and avoid nature loss by bringing 40 years of data-based conservation knowledge and experience to design initiatives to build environmental resilience.

Increased Wellbeing

Australian communities experience a strong sense of personal wellbeing supported by a connection with nature and other people.

Our easy-to-do, action-oriented initiatives address the urgent need to conserve life on land, rehabilitate natural habitats, and halt biodiversity loss. A by-product of these nature projects is the way in which we reconnect people with each other and the indirect physical and mental benefits.

In alignment with the UN on SDG 3 we seek to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages.” For CVA this means working towards a world where we live healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all, at all ages by inspiring nature stewardship.

We believe that by looking after the health of the planet, we are looking after people.

Stronger Communities

Connection with nature provide the fertile ground in which skills, knowledge, and capabilities can grow, enabling people to feel even more equipped and empowered to perform stewardship actions in their everyday lives.

Connection with nature reinforces confidence and motivation needed to play an active role in inspiring others to join in stewardship, both locally and further afield.

Through our grounded initiatives, people build connections with nature in their local community, and relationships with other like-minded people. The more this is reinforced, the more people feel confident and motivated to play an active role in inspiring others to join them in stewardship, both locally and further afield.

Citizen science & conservation

We know that it’s not always easy to find time to volunteer with us, so we’ve created ways for people to take action anywhere, anytime. Everyone can take part and make a contribution to the conservation of biodiversity.

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