Preserving our natural heritage
Trust for Nature, through our statutory powers, plays a unique role in protecting the diverse range of native plants, animals and habitats on private land in perpetuity, a key role in biodiversity conservation in Victoria.
This role is particularly important in Victoria as 62% of the land area is privately owned, of which over 10 million hectares has been cleared. Ongoing losses on private land continue, with a conservatively estimated 4,000 additional hectares lost each year. Long-term protection of what remains is critical to the future persistence of many ecosystems and species, particularly those whose are reliant on private land areas to avoid extinction. To achieve this goal, Trust for Nature works closely with private landowners, government agencies, other conservation organisations, traditional owners and businesses to help protect and manage Victoria’s special habitats, plants and wildlife found on private land forever.
We use a variety of methods to achieve conservation goals across Victoria. These include: 'on title agreements' known as conservation covenants to protect private land in perpetuity; land purchase and our Revolving Fund; partnering with organisations and communities to strategically assess and plan conservation outcomes; and on-ground works such as planting, species monitoring, weed control and fencing.
We are committed to an evidence based approach to conservation, ensuring we use data driven approaches to deliver, inform and continue to improve strategic conservation outcomes on private land in Victoria. To support this, Trust for Nature applies the internationally recognised Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, and the associated tools including Conservation Action Planning (CAP) and Healthy Country Planning (HCP) methodology to inform our conservation strategy, planning, monitoring, implementation and development of best practice.
Trust for Nature’s conservation covenants and our network of private conservation reserves contribute to national and international targets under the National Reserve System, the international Convention on Biological Diversity and the Aichi Biodiversity targets.