We strengthen the health of communities and ecosystems for mutual benefit
Conservation Volunteers Australia makes it easy for people to care for nature by getting involved in conservation action across the country. We support people from a wide range of backgrounds to get involved in protecting and restoring nature, whether it’s you’re just learning or you’ve been doing it all your life.
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Many of the initiatives we’re involved in are managed in conjunction with project partners that includes regional councils, national parks, museums, landcare groups, conservation departments and other national conservation agencies. Find out more about our partnerships here.
These five campaigns focus our efforts on making real and tangible differences across the conservation spectrum.
Our goal is to use nature to improve the quality of urban life.
We all like leafy green spaces – it’s hardwired into our DNA. Sadly, many people, especially children, no longer get the chance to connect with nature on a regular basis. Our Greener Cities projects aim to help communities re-establish and reconnect with nature – and through that, with each other – in our cities and towns.
Some of our Greener Cities projects include:
Our goal is to engage communities to care deeply for their local aquatic habitats.
Water is the basis of all life on earth. With more than 85% of Australians living on the edge of our 25,000km coastline, and as a continent where fresh water is scarce and precious, our relationship with water is profound. Not surprisingly, the challenges faced by communities and nature in those places are significant, and they need active stewardship to ensure that they function as best they can. We work with communities, governments and industry partners to provide that stewardship at wetlands and coastal locations across the country.
Some of our Revive projects include:
Our goal is to repair and create habitat networks across large, fragmented catchment landscapes.
Did you know that the home range of a wombat is just under 25ha? Or that Powerful Owls require up to 4,000ha of high-quality habitat per breeding pair? These numbers are large, much larger than we might imagine are needed for some our native wildlife to survive and thrive. Our Green Links projects address this need by extending, reconnecting and recreating large areas of bushland habitat for a range of animals – and for plants too, that need places for their seed to spread and establish.
Some of our Green Links projects include:
Our goal is to improve the outlook of threatened species and places through projects that give people great opportunities to care for nature.
Sadly, Australia holds the unenviable record for the largest number of mammal and bird extinctions in the world, with other wildlife and many native plants still facing significant pressures from a range of threats. We work with Recovery Teams to provide community-based solutions to the challenges faced by native plants and animals across Australia.
Some of our Wild Futures projects include:
Our goal is to grow cohorts of people who are motivated and equipped to provide practical care for nature.
Education is a cornerstone of our approach to helping communities care for the environment. We run hundreds of discovery sessions in schools and communities each year and develop resources on subjects ranging from biodiversity to wetland care to climate adaptation.
We also equip older learners with the tools to care in a very practical sense: