The Australian Committee for IUCN
ABOUT ACIUCN / ACIUCN MEMBERSHIP
The ACIUCN Membership
The Australian Committee for IUCN has a strong membership of Australian government and NGO bodies as well as individual academic experts.
The current membership exceeds 40 members, including 30 Australian IUCN Member organisations and 11 ACIUCN Associates.
The fees provided by the Australian ACIUCN membership are critical to supporting the work of the Australian Committee.
1. THE STATE MEMBER
The Department of the Environment and Energy
The Australian federal Department of the Environment and Energy (DoE) is the State Member to IUCN and an important supporter of the Australian Committee for IUCN.
The department designs and implements the Australian Government’s policies and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage, to advance energy security and investment and promote climate action.
2. GOVERNMENT MEMBERS
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) | New South Wales
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) develops and leads policy, reform and education in sustainability, biodiversity and native vegetation, coastal protection and Aboriginal cultural heritage. It also manages 7 million hectares of national parks and reserves, which is almost 9 per cent of NSW. The Heritage Branch within OEH works with communities to identify important places and objects and provides guidance in looking after heritage items.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) | Western Australia
The Department of Parks and Wildlife protects and conserves the State’s natural environment on behalf of the people of Western Australia.
Its key responsibilities include conserving biodiversity and managing the State’s national parks, marine parks and other reserves, which cover a total area of more than 27 million hectares. Western Australia has 100 national parks and 13 marine parks with a diverse array of landscapes and seascapes, from coral reefs and tall forests to deep gorges and open plains of wildflowers. Parks and Wildlife also manages two of the world’s greatest long distance trails: the 1000 kilometre Bibbulmun Track for walkers, and the 1000 kilometre Munda Biddi Trail for cyclists.
The department is also responsible for fire preparedness and pest animal and weed control over 89 million hectares of unallocated Crown land and unmanaged reserves.
The department provides support to the Marine Parks Reserves Authority and the Conservation Commission (which will be replaced by a single authority named the Conservation and Parks Commission) to carry out its functions, which are integral to the department achieving its vision and mission.
The department contributes to national and international programs through national Ministerial Councils, the Natural Heritage Trust and other national programs, the work of organisations such as the IUCN (the World Conservation Union), and to the implementation of international conservation treaties in WA.
It employs people with world-class scientific, policy, land and marine management, visitor services and educational skills.
The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) | South Australia
The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources leads the management of South Australia’s natural resources.
The Department works across a diverse range of issues, including climate change, water security, the health of the River Murray, nature conservation, sustainable land management, built and cultural heritage, and the management of parks, botanic gardens and public lands.
The Department works in partnership with the state’s eight natural resources management boards to advise, inform and support community and government decision-making and deliver services to communities.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) | Queensland
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s role is to act as a strong environmental regulator which supports sustainable long-term economic development of Queensland.
The department – led by Minister Steven Miles – is responsible for managing the health of the environment to protect Queensland’s unique ecosystems, including its landscapes and waterways, as well as its native plants and animals and biodiversity.
It does this by administering a range of environmental regulations and laws, providing timely approval authorities and ensuring compliance with them.
In addition to Queensland’s natural environment, the department is also responsible for identifying and conserving the state’s built heritage places.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning | Victoria
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning creates liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities that support jobs and growth in Victoria. We recognise the link between the built and natural environment in the quality of our lives, and work to accommodate population growth while maintaining world class liveability and protecting our heritage for future generations.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) | Queensland
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is an Australian Government statutory authority within the Environment portfolio.
We’re responsible for managing one of the world’s premier natural resources, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It covers 344,400 km2 and includes the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem.
Our goal is the ‘the long-term protection, ecologically sustainable use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef for all Australians and the international community, through the care and development of the Marine Park.’
We implement a range of policies and programs, management strategies and legislative measures to work towards protecting this natural icon.
Parks Victoria | Victoria
Parks Victoria is a statutory authority, created by the Parks Victoria Act 1998 and reporting to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. We are responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 18 per cent, of Victoria.
Parks Victoria is committed to delivering works on the ground across Victoria’s park network to protect and enhance park values. It is our primary responsibility to ensure parks are healthy and resilient for current and future generations.
We manage parks in the context of their surrounding landscape and in partnership with Traditional Owners. We work in partnership with other government and non-government organisations and community groups such as the Department of Sustainability and Environment, catchment management authorities, private land owners, friends groups, volunteers, licensed tour operators, lessees, research institutes and the broader community.
Healthy Parks Healthy People is at the core of everything we do. Parks and nature are an important part of improving and maintaining health, both for individuals and the community. Parks Victoria has a clear role to play in connecting people and communities with parks. Further information about our management responsibilities and activities can be found in our Annual Report on our website.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) | Queensland
The Wet Tropics Management Authority was established under an agreement between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments to administer the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and ManagementAct 1993 and set policies and procedures to govern activities and land use within the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area. The Wet Tropics Management Authority provides leadership, facilitation, advocacy and guidance for the protection and rehabilitation of the outstanding values of the World Heritage Area. It works in partnerships to present and promote discovery, understanding and connection to the rich natural and cultural values of the World Heritage Area, seeking to ensure that the ancient and irreplaceable Wet Tropics landscape is treasured and celebrated by all.
Through conservation, research, tourism and community partnerships, the Wet Tropics Management Authority promotes enjoyment and appreciation of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area – connecting and creating outstanding opportunities to enrich the lives of people everywhere. Based in Cairns, the Wet Tropics Management Authority comprises a dedicated team of around 20 scientists, planners and outreach specialists.
3. NON-GOVERNMENT MEMBERS
The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)
The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) stands for ecological sustainability. We get to the heart of environmental problems by tackling the underlying social and economic causes. We work across society to influence urgent, transformative action to deliver lasting change on the scale required to secure a sustainable environment. We bring people together to champion the true value of our environment and its critical role in sustaining all other systems and in achieving human wellbeing.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS)
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is Australia’s only charity dedicated exclusively to protecting our oceans. We are an independent charity, staffed by a committed group of professional and passionate scientists, educators and advocates who have defended Australia's oceans for over forty years. With Australia’s Miles Franklin Literary Award recipient, Tim Winton, as our Patron, we are proud of the work that we do on behalf of the community.
AMCS works on the big issues concerning the sea. Our key focus is to create large marine sanctuaries, make our fisheries sustainable and protect and recover our threatened ocean wildlife, such as our sharks, seals and whales. We also work to protect our precious coasts from inappropriate development.
A key component in all of our campaigns is to give our oceans the best chance of resilience against climate change impacts. If we can keep our oceans in the healthiest and most natural state, without overfishing and pollution pressures, then they will better be able to cope with these changes. As part of this focus, we work to improve water quality and reduce pollution and marine debris, which entangles, chokes and smothers our marine life and habitats.
Our strong track record includes preventing oil drilling on the Great Barrier Reef, protecting Ningaloo Reef from an inappropriate mega-development and stopping legalized live shark finning at sea by Australian fisheries.
The Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices (ANEDO)
ANEDO (the Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices) consists of nine independently constituted and managed community environmental law centres located in each State and Territory of Australia. Each EDO is dedicated to protecting the environment through law in the public interest. Each EDO provides legal representation and advice, takes an active role in environmental law reform and policy formulation, and offers a significant outreach and education program designed to facilitate public participation in environmental decision making.
The Australian Rainforest Conservation Society Inc. (ARCS)
The Australian Rainforest Conservation Society Inc. (ARCS), formed in 1982, and member of the IUCN since 1993, is dedicated to protection, conservation and restoration of rainforests, biodiversity and World Heritage generally. We are a national not-for-profit, non-government organization, incorporated in Queensland under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 and registered as a tax-deductible gift recipient on the Federal Register of Environmental Organisations. We prepared successful World Heritage nominations for the Wet Tropics of Queensland, Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Fraser Island. We instigated, developed and cosigned the South East Queensland Forests Agreement (SEQFA) and the Delbessie Agreement (relating to leasehold land) and reached agreement on the Statewide Forests Process – all directed at cooperative, stakeholder-based, long-term solutions for sustainability and biodiversity protection. More than two million hectares of protected areas were slated as a result.
Since 2005 ARCS has been involved in protection, conservation and restoration of the threatened wet core of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area located at Springbrook. This involves a 20-year pro bono partnership with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, formally beginning in 2008, aimed at ecological restoration of World Heritage rainforests. In 2012, the project was included as a Case Study in IUCN WCPA’s “Ecological Restoration for Protected Areas: Principles, Guidelines and Best Practices”. President Dr Aila Keto AO was awarded Honorary Membership of IUCN in 2012, is recipient of the Fred M Packard Award and a member of the IUCN WCPA.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA)
Conservation Volunteers Australia has partnered with individuals, businesses and governments in the conservation of our unique environment since 1982. In that time we have welcomed hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around Australia and across the world and supported their participation in a diversity of important projects to protect and enhance our environment.
EARTHWATCH IS AN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHARITY
We bring individuals from all walks of life together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet.
The Earthwatch community continues to grow rapidly, with participation from members of the general public we call "citizen scientists," to corporate employees, to educators and students.
All bring their knowledge, passion, and experience to support our work, improve scientific understanding, and inspire change across all touch-points in their lives.
To engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand (EIANZ)
The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand is a leading professional body in Australia and New Zealand for environmental practitioners, and promotes independent and interdisciplinary discourse on environmental issues. On all issues and all projects the Institute advocates best available environmental practices to be delivered by competent and ethical environmental practitioners.
The Institute was formed in 1987 to meet the needs of environmental practitioners. It is a non-profit, politically independent professional association, multi-disciplinary in membership and provides scope and opportunity for professional and academic interchanges across all sectors of the diverse environmental industry.
Environment Tasmania is the state's conservation council, dedicated to the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of Tasmania's natural environment. We operate as a non-profit, non-government organisation.
We are a unique organisation, representing 22 conservation groups in the state and provide a professional voice for Tasmania's conservation movement.
Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra
The Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra undertakes high quality research to improve our understanding of the environment and enhance decision-making for natural resource management and sustainable development.
The Institute undertakes broadly based environmental research across four interrelated science programs:
* Conservation Ecology: http://appliedecology.edu.au/discover/programs/conservation-ecology/
* Water Science: http://appliedecology.edu.au/discover/programs/water-science/
* Ecochemistry and Toxicology: http://appliedecology.edu.au/discover/programs/ecochemistry-toxicology/
* Environmental Genetics and Genomics: http://appliedecology.edu.au/discover/programs/environmental-genetics-genomics/
The four science programs work together, and through an extensive network of collaborators to identify research priorities aligned with opportunities to create knowledge as well as meeting policy and management needs. Each program supports a portfolio of research activity that builds on an understanding of fundamental processes, to make key data, and information available for policy development and management decision-making. In many cases, this approach produces unique and innovative methods and tools that have the potential to dramatically improve our ability to protect the environment, while supporting its sustainable use.
Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA)
Established in 1935, the Institute of Foresters of Australia is a professional body with over 1100 members engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation in Australia. The Institute is strongly committed to the principles of sustainable forest management and the processes and practices which translate these principles into outcomes.
The National Environmental Law Association (NELA)
Our mission is to harness the expertise and experience of our members and partners to achieve the common goal of the protection of the environment by contributing to the continued development, implementation and refinement of the law through ongoing information sharing, research, discussion, analysis and constructive criticism.
National Parks Association of NSW (NPA)
Formed over 57 years ago, the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has been a vocal advocate and campaigner for greater protection of our natural heritage, seeking to protect, connect and restore the integrity and diversity of systems in NSW. NPA’s mission is to campaign for the establishment and good management of national parks – both marine and terrestrial – in areas of high conservation value.
NPA manages high profile public campaigns targeting conservation priorities in NSW that highlight the urgent need to protect our unique and increasingly threatened biodiversity. With a network of 10,000 supporters, 800 volunteers and 18 branches across the state, NPA is well-positioned to conduct extensive lobbying and education programs on local and state levels, and has played a vital role in the establishment of many of our iconic national parks.
One recent success was the protection of 100,000 hectares of the globally significant River Red Gum forests in the Riverina in 2010, which was the culmination of 30 years of campaigning. However, many other important wild places in NSW remain unprotected, and our natural heritage, plants and animals face growing natural and man-made threats. NPA’s work is far from completed. Another priority of NPA is to connect people with nature. To do this NPA guides over 20,000 people a year through NSW national parks in the largest bushwalking program in the southern hemisphere, led by over 200 experienced, knowledgeable and passionate volunteers.
Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC)
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is the state’s peak environmental, non-government organisation, representing more than 120 community environment groups.
Our members are united by a vision of a world in which nature is respected, protected and embraced by an ecologically sustainable society.
We strive to achieve this vision through advocacy, education, research and community empowerment.
Since we were founded in 1955, we have been working to protect wildlife, forests, rivers and oceans and mobilised thousands of people to demand real action on climate change.
The National Parks Australia Council (NPAC)
The National Parks Australia Council is a cooperative group of national parks associations and environmental groups with a particular concern for the role of protected areas in protecting biodiversity and Australia’s environmental assets. Our combined membership of over 10,000 include people working on rehabilitation and conservation projects for both marine and terrestrial areas; leading walks and work parties; studying and photographing the natural environment; representing the community on ministerial and statutory bodies; and generally promoting and protecting national parks and nature reserves for future generations."
The Wilderness Society (TWS)
The Wilderness Society is a community-based environmental protection organisation. We work to safeguard our sources of clean water and air, to tackle devastating climate change, to create a safe future for life on Earth, and to give a better world to our children. The majority of our work is in Australia, with a strong focus on natural environments and the role they play in keeping our world safe and liveable.
As the world’s largest independent conservation organisation, WWF continues to lead in the protection of our natural world and its precious resources, with over five million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries, and supporting around 1,300 conservation and environmental projects.
In Australia and throughout the oceanic region, WWF-Australia works with government, industry, communities and various other stakeholders to ensure the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. Together we can ensure a healthy future for our planet.
4. ACIUCN Associates
Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage: Protecting land, water and wildlife for future generations.
Bush Heritage is a non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to protecting Australia's unique animals, plants and their habitats. We have a simple, practical formula for protecting the bush – we buy land of outstanding conservation value, then care for it. Thanks to our generous supporters, Bush Heritage currently owns and manages 34 reserves throughout Australia, covering over 947 000 hectares. Our reserves are managed in a similar way to national parks – the land is legally protected, with the intention of safeguarding it forever. We also build partnerships with other landowners, to manage important areas of their land for conservation. These partnerships account for a further 2.5 million hectares of land under conservation management.
We started out in 1991, when Bob Brown bought several hundred hectares of old-growth forest in Tasmania to save it from logging. Using prize money from an environmental award as the deposit, he sought donations to gather the remaining funds, and Bush Heritage was born. Since then, with the support of people like you, Bush Heritage has become a major player in the conservation arena, with a current annual operating budget of about $12 million.
Our long-term vision is to protect more than 7 million hectares of Australia's land, water and wildlife by 2025.
Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC)
The Cairns and far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) is the peak environment group for the region from Cardwell north to Torres Strait and from the coast west to the Gulf of Carpentaria, a large area including the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas and Cape York. CAFNEC exists to provide a voice for the many species and ecosystems under threat in our region, and to encourage the community to value and protect our unique natural environment.
Humane Society International (HSI)
Humane Society International (HSI) is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) with a global membership of over 11 million. HSI Australia works primarily on national and international biodiversity policy and law, with a focus on habitat protection, marine species and fisheries by-catch. Habitat protection efforts have been directed at legislative protection for threatened ecological communities and National Heritage places, and private land conservation through its Wildlife Land Trust program and national biodiversity hotspots program. HSI takes part in a range on international treaty processes, particularly those relating to marine species, having helped bring to fruition a number of international marine agreements.
Successful work has also been accomplished in establishing regional biodiversity hotspot programs, and the implementation over the past 13 years of an international biodiversity small grants program reaching over 30 countries. HSI has also been engaged in international climate change talks pursuing a REDD agreement through the Ecosystem Climate Alliance and works to help protect Antarctica through various international coalitions. HSI has 50,000 members in Australia and is a partner in a private land conservation grants program and a national science grants program.
The Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES), University of NSW
The Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES) aims to be a leader in research, its application and communication of environmental change. We aim to attract top quality students and form strategic partnerships with government, industry and the community.
Our main program areas are rivers and wetlands, terrestrial ecosystems, landscape synthesis and conservation practice. There is increasing understanding that a focus on the functioning of ecosystems is critical for long-term environmental sustainability. Ecosystems sustain a broad range of plants, animals and other organisms and the ecological processes that underpin their viability. Ecosystems occupy different realms, including freshwater (rivers and wetlands) and terrestrial systems.
The CES has a strong focus promoting the viability of these ecosystems through understanding trajectories of change across landscapes and also how they function. Sometimes this focus is on individual species or processes but these primarily provide a focus for the entire ecosystem. We use landscape synthesis, remote sensing, GIS analysis and conservation tools to focus on how ecosystems are changing and what solutions exist to promote their viability. In particular, we are interested in models for implementation of scientific research through conservation practices including policy and management. The CES aims to focus its substantial expertise and capitalise on the research opportunities available in this area of growing environmental and economic significance.
Conservation Council of South Australia (CCSA)
As the peak environment body in SA, the Conservation Council of South Australia (CCSA) provides leadership, environmental advocacy & projects to achieve positive environmental change. CCSA supports, & works to strengthen, the environment movement & other communities for a healthy SA environment.
The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew)
The Pew Charitable Trusts is a not-for-profit organisation that applies a rigorous and analytical approach towards solving today’s most challenging problems. The aim of Pew’s environmental initiatives is to strengthen policies and practices in ways that produce significant and measurable protection for terrestrial and marine systems worldwide.
Pew continues to work to advance scientific understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental problems along with their solutions; provide economic analysis of decisions affecting such issues; design innovation policy solutions to these problems; and mobilise public support for implementing these solutions.
In Australia, the Outback to Oceans Program team work with Aboriginal organisations, conservation groups, industry and government agencies to conserve the country’s critical wilderness and marine habitats through long-term protection, good management practice and elimination of threats.
Trust for Nature, Victoria (TFN)
Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation that works to protect native plants and wildlife in cooperation with private landowners.
Our native plants and wildlife provide us with not only important services, such as clean water and resources, but they are important in and of themselves.
However, as two-thirds of Victoria is privately owned, many of these species and their habitats are not currently getting the necessary protection.
The Trust was established under the Victorian Conservation Trust Act 1972 to enable people to contribute permanently to nature conservation by donating land or money.
We have since evolved into one of Victoria’s primary land conservation organisations, with several tools to help people protect biodiversity on private land.
In 1978, Trust for Nature developed conservation covenants as a way to protect native plants and wildlife on private land, and we have now protected more than 58,000 hectares through over 1,300 perpetual conservation covenants.
The Trust has also purchased and preserved more than 59 properties across Victoria through its Revolving Fund, as well as currently owning and managing 44 properties that cover over 36,000 hectares of Victoria.
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, University of Queensland
The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM) is focused on discovering new knowledge and finding practical solutions to the big issues that will affect us all; such as climate change, urbanisation, population growth, conservation and natural resource management. With a focus on sustainability and collaboration through a balanced mix of hard science, social science and policy planning, GPEM offers programs for undergraduate, post-graduate coursework and research higher degree students.
Professor Richard Mackay AM
Prof Richard Mackay, AM BA (hons) MBA MAACAI is the founder and ‘Director of Possibilities’ at Mackay Strategic. Richard has worked in heritage management for more than 30 years. He was a founding Partner of GML Heritage Pty Ltd. Richard was an ICOMOS cultural advisor at the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee and is the immediate past Chair of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee and current Chair of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Australian State of the Environment 2011 Committee, and will also be responsible for the ‘Heritage’ theme of the 2016 Commonwealth State of the Environment report.
Richard is also a former member of Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter Working Party, former Non-executive Director of the National Trust in NSW, a former member of the Heritage Council of NSW and was the inaugural Chair of the NSW State Heritage Register Committee. Richard has skills in facilitation and strategic direction of heritage projects and place management throughout Australia and in Asia. He has worked for government and non-government agencies and corporations, devising innovative but practical solutions to complex heritage challenges at places ranging from Angkor, Cambodia to Sydney’s Luna Park. Richard was the inaugural winner of the Australian Heritage Council ‘Sharon Sullivan Award’ for his contribution to Australia’s national heritage. In 2003 he was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to archaeology and cultural heritage.
Jon was a protected area planner and manager in Australia for 39 years; 28 years were in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park until his retirement in 2014.
Prior to joining GBRMPA, Jon spent eleven years in terrestrial parks including Kakadu NP and Grampians NP (Victoria). In 1986, Jon moved into the marine/coastal realm, working in a variety of roles for the Queensland and federal governments, including QPWS Regional Manager (1992-97) and in GBRMPA.
As a GBRMPA Director (1998-2014), Jon was responsible for such matters as conservation, planning, World Heritage (WH), other heritage matters and the first Outlook Report. For his efforts coordinating the Representative Areas Program (the major rezoning program for the entire GBR), Jon received an Australian Public Service Medal and Smithsonian-Queensland Fellowship. RAP is today widely considered ‘best practice’, receiving numerous national and international awards.
Jon’s WH experience included attending eleven WH Committee meetings as a government official (1998-2013) and he was one of Australia’s formal delegation on the WH Committee (2007-11).
Jon has 50+ peer-reviewed publications including primary author of 10 book chapters/books (eg. 'Guidelines for applying the IUCN Protected Area Categories to MPAs'). See Google Scholar and Research Gate.
Jon is currently undertaking a PhD at the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies at JCU, Townsville.
5. ACIUCN Honorary Life Members
Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Committee is awarded to individuals who have been recognised by ACIUCN for their distinguished service or outstanding achievements in the field of nature conservation or service to IUCN or the Committee.