One Land - Many Stories: Prospectus of Investment
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The national biodiversity conservation prospectus, One Land – Many Stories: Prospectus of Investment (the Prospectus), presents the Australian Government's vision for conserving and managing Australia's valuable and most vulnerable environments.
Australia's biodiversity is important globally and nationally because of its uniqueness and richness. It has developed largely in isolation over many millions of years, making this continent one of the most biologically diverse parts of the planet. Between seven and ten per cent of all plant and animal species on Earth occur only in Australia. Australia's land and seascapes also feature an extraordinary diversity of unique ecosystems and significant cultural heritage.
Conserving biodiversity is an essential part of safeguarding the biological life support systems on Earth, including the oxygen we need to breathe, clean water to drink, fertile soil for food production and physical materials for shelter and fuel.
The Australian Government recognises the need for more systemic and enduring approaches to conservation and improving natural resource management. This is reflected in a range of government policies and programs, including Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council, NRMMC, 2010), the National Wildlife Corridors Plan, Australia's Native Vegetation Framework (COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water) and, more broadly, the Australian Government's water reform and climate change initiatives.
This Prospectus provides an overarching framework of the Australian Government's priorities for funding conservation and improving natural resource management in 2013–14. This Prospectus articulates the places (target areas), national priorities (investment themes) and the available grant funding to guide the development of project proposals in the 2013–14 round of biodiversity conservation and natural resource management investment across the Australian Government environment portfolio.
The Australian Government recognises that a diverse range of responses are required to meet the challenges and opportunities posed by improving conservation and natural resource management outcomes. Regional difference also impacts on the reality of the challenges and opportunities that each community faces and the particular responses required. For these reasons, the government will be investing in our environmental future through a range of programs.
This document provides information in one place about the range of grant programs available so that applicants can assess the program/s that are the most appropriate to support their conservation and natural resource management activities.
This Prospectus is supported by a series of grants program guidelines. The guidelines outline the specific requirements of each program and provide information to applicants about how to apply. Proponents should refer to guidelines for information about specific programs.
Information on the grant programs and guidelines will be made available over the coming months at:
- Roadshow presentation - One Land - Many Stories: Prospectus of Investment (PPT - 2595KB) | (PDF - 1409KB) - December 2012
- Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy
- National Wildlife Corridors Plan
- Australia's Native Vegetation Framework