Defending the Unburnt: A guide to private land conservation for landholders
In the wake of Australia’s 2019-20 bushfires, the protection of unburnt habitat has become an urgent priority.
Much of the land that survived the bushfires intact is now a vital refuge for biodiversity, particularly threatened species. Six priority landscapes have been identified in QLD, NSW and Victoria as requiring immediate protection because they will be the key to securing the future of many threatened species and ensuring important ecosystem services are sustained while impacted landscapes recover.
In collaboration with WWF-Australia, the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is working to ensure that our laws are used to adequately protect these priority areas from further impacts, including impacts from inappropriate development, land clearing and forestry. EDO is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law.
Some of these priority areas include habitats located on privately owned land which means that landholders are in a unique position to contribute meaningfully to bushfire recovery and the long-term protection of biodiversity through private land conservation.