Please register your interest in supporting the environmental recovery from the bushfires.
Initially, we are publishing a newsletter with information about the recovery and opportunities to be involved. You will receive a welcome email with some initial information and then one email newsletter every month.
If you are an organisation interested in corporate volunteering, please register your interest here.
If your organisation is involved in recovery efforts and needs support for that work, you can get in touch to request support here.
We’ve launched a new space where everyone can share stories, ideas and work out ways to tackle challenges like Bushfire Recovery together. We’d love to see you there, hear your thoughts and ideas.
On Monday 13th January the Australian Government announced an initial $50 million investment in supporting the recovery of wildlife and habitats devastated in the current bushfire crisis.
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 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.
We want to acknowledge the incredible work of Australia’s fire-fighting and emergency response services (and teams from overseas who joined the effort), which was and continues to be so reliant on volunteers. Those teams went above and beyond to save lives, homes, as well as protecting wildlife and important habitat where possible.
In many areas across the country the assessment of losses caused by bushfire and planning for recovery continues.
In Australia (and around the world), people still want to take action, yet struggle to know how to go about it. We have a proven track record of getting people involved in environmental restoration action and have 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.
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 months and years ahead.
Whilst the fires are out, fire grounds can continue to be dangerous long after the event. Please check with local authorities before you enter any fire grounds.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) was founded in 1982 in Ballarat, Victoria, to enable people to plant trees on weekends. In 2020, CVA operates around the country, enabling thousands of volunteers to get involved with practical conservation activities to nurture stronger communities and resilient ecosystems. We are Australia’s community engagement experts.
CVA supports people from all walks of life across Australia to get involved in activities that protect and restore the environment. In doing so, we have built a strong practice around community engagement, safe participation, and capacity building to support people in how to care for their environment.
We have been heavily involved in past crisis and recovery activities across Australia and New Zealand. From bushfire recovery to floods and oil spills, we’ve been on the front line of community responses to emergencies, as well as shoulder-to-shoulder with the communities in their recovery efforts. We’ve worked in Victoria after Black Saturday, Queensland for the 2010-2011 floods and the Bay of Plenty at the Rena Oil Spill.
From our experience in these disaster responses, we know that large numbers of people will selflessly 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 will continue to support volunteers to contribute and direct their efforts to recovery actions that will help land, water and wildlife.
Looking for the newsletter archive? Whilst we’re making some changes on our website, we’ve had to archive those newsletters, but we’re hoping to put them back up soon.