c o ns erv an cy
Welcome to our Summer 2009/10 edition of Wildlife Matters. 2009 has been an immensely challenging year for most organisations. One measure of the nation’s wealth – our sharemarket – started the year in steep decline before turning a corner in March. The relatively rapid turnaround in this ﬁnancial indicator stands in stark contrast to the relentless decline in the indicators of Australia’s natural capital. Our indicators for threatened species, landscape health and matters such as water quality continue to deteriorate.
How do we turn around the decline in our natural capital? It is pretty clear that new business models are required to effectively deliver many conservation services. Business as usual will mean more extinctions and a progressive loss of the natural capital that, among other things, underpins our economic health. AWC is at the forefront of developing and implementing a new model for conservation. In previous editions of Wildlife Matters we have outlined some of the key elements of this new model:
• A high proportion of our resources are invested in the ﬁeld (80% of our staff are based in the ﬁeld).
• We invest in science, and ensure that our science and operations are tightly integrated.
• We work closely with neighbours and other partner organisations to help deliver ﬁre management and other programs at a regional level.
In addition to reporting on progress around the AWC estate, this Wildlife Matters also focuses on another key element of our conservation model – measuring the ecological health of our sanctuaries. Identifying a need to measure outcomes is, of course, nothing new. However, implementing a scientiﬁcally rigorous process of measuring ecological health across a network of protected areas, and actually integrating this information with the design of our operations, is a pioneering step by AWC within the conservation sector.
The good news is that our measures indicate we are improving ecological health: for example, populations of key species at our sanctuaries are increasing. This means we are making progress toward achieving our mission of effective conservation for the wildlife on our sanctuaries. While we need to further develop our framework for measuring health, we believe its implementation by AWC and its broader adoption by others can play an important role in turning around the decline in Australia’s wildlife and landscapes (ie, our natural capital).
c o n se r va n cy
the awc mission
The mission of Australian Wildlife Conservancy
(AWC) is the effective conservation of all
Australian animal species and the habitats in
which they live. To achieve this mission, our
actions are focused on:
• Establishing a network of sanctuaries
which protect threatened wildlife and
ecosystems: AWC now manages 21
sanctuaries covering over 2.5 million
hectares (6.2 million acres).
• Implementing practical, on-ground
conservation programs to protect
the wildlife at our sanctuaries: these
programs include feral animal control,
ﬁre management and the translocation of
• Conducting (either alone or in collaboration
with other organisations) scientiﬁc research
that will help address the key threats to our
• Hosting visitor programs at our sanctuaries
for the purpose of education and
promoting awareness of the plight of
• AWC is an independent, non-proﬁt
organisation based in Perth, Western
Australia. Donations to AWC are tax
Thank you to all of our donors, partners, volunteers and other supporters who have helped make 2009 a successful year for AWC. A special thank you is extended to The Thomas Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, and to a special Melbourne...
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