Threatened Species Booklet

Evolving approaches to recovery

The use of conservation covenants

One of the most important aspects of recovery, for threatened species and communities, is the protection of their habitat. The majority of threatened species and communities lie outside formally protected areas, such as National Parks. And whilst work is being done at the national and state level to establish a comprehensive and representative reserve system representing the biodiversity of Australia, there is a wave of action from private landholders who are making a great contribution to protecting high conservation value areas - right in their own backyard.

One such landholder is Ben Barton who has placed a legally binding conservation agreement over much of his property in the scenic Main Range of south east Queensland. Ben knows the high value of his property, which includes many rare and threatened plants and animals, and has chosen to protect it in perpetuity. Ben has signed a Nature Refuge agreement with the state environment Minister. This is a great example of how Ben enjoys his property and is still able to carry out grazing and other farming activities, and yet he is confident in knowing that his property and the threatened species and communities found there, is well protected for the long-term, for future generations to also enjoy.

There are many types of conservation agreements including Land for Wildlife, Voluntary Conservation Agreements, Land Trusts, Coordinated Conservation Agreements offered through Local and State Government and non-Government organisations. There is likely one to suit your needs. Contact your state coordinator for more information.

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