Victoria is facing a biodiversity crisis. The most cleared state in the country, a third of our native animals are either extinct or threatened and almost half of our indigenous plants are faring even worse.
Many of the valuable ecological services we take for granted are also under threat, including clean air and water, pollination and pest control. Add the pressures of climate change, habitat fragmentation, rampant weeds and feral animals, and it's easy to see why Victoria's environment is in a state of crisis.
The Victoria Naturally Alliance, which is made up of nine environment groups led by the Victorian National Parks Association, has been formed to work collectively to promote understanding both of the problem and of the solutions to the crisis including advocacy of governments.
We are also working with scientists to ensure our approaches are based on good, strong science.
Victoria’s catchments, coasts and marine waters have flourishing biodiversity, healthy ecosystems and resilient ecological processes that are highly valued, securely protected, sustainably managed and effectively restored by community and governments.
We are focusing on raising awareness about how we can solve Victoria’s biodiversity crisis.
We are also intent on ensuring that the State Government’s Land and Biodiversity White Paper is a strong and robust document, setting the framework for biodiversity protection, enhancement and restoration in Victoria for the next 20 to 50 years.
The alliance’s strength comes from a unique partnership between policy and on-ground environment groups.
Our key role is to coordinate and identify opportunities to align policy development, activities and communications between the groups and achieve maximum results.
The partnership model for the Victoria Naturally Alliance is to work together on peak issues such as the White Paper, with the lead for specific projects being taken by member organisations.
Victorian National Parks Association
The Wilderness Society
Australian Conservation Foundation
Invasive Species Council
Trust for Nature
Bush Heritage Australia
Bird Observation & Conservation Australia