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Biodiverse reforestation lends a helping hand to native wildlife

Biodiverse reforestation lends a helping hand to native wildlife

On March 3, Greenfleet will join the rest of the world in celebrating the UN World Wildlife Day and raise awareness of the challenges faced by our native wildlife.

World Wildlife Day is a very special day on the United Nations calendar. It raises awareness of wildlife conservation and it helps to galvanize national and international action. It is today the world’s most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.
- John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

Climate change, habitat loss, land degradation and fragmentation are some of the main threats to wildlife. Although lost biodiversity can never be fully recovered, our conservation efforts can help protect native species.

At Greenfleet, we’ve tirelessly been restoring native ecosystems since 1997. For the past 20 years, our commitment to connect people with real climate action has seen more than 425 native forests restored in a bid to build ecological resilience and take action against climate change.

As a result, our supporters have directly helped to bring back habitat for hundreds of native species in Australia and New Zealand. By putting back the mix of native species that would have been present in the local area prior to land clearing, our forests connect the fragmented landscape and act as sanctuaries for native wildlife who can safely return to their natural habitat.

Like the Brush-tailed Phascogale – an Australian marsupial listed as threatened in Victoria. After the tragic Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, the tree dwelling animal had been swiped out from the Kinglake National Park. In 2010 and 2011, we worked with Parks Victoria and the local community to create a vegetation corridor to connect Kinglake National Park with the untouched Warrandyte State Park. The aim was to assist with the National Park’s recovery and help native wildlife travel back to the Park. In 2012, for the first time since the bushfires, specimens of the Phascogale were discovered back in the National Park. A very happy early result that was confirmed with wildlife surveys in the following years. “Working with Greenfleet was a happy partnership that has delivered real results for the environment and the community,” Parks Victoria Ranger Tony Fitzgerald said.

Back in 1997, we were the first organisation in Australia to provide carbon sequestration through biodiversity restoration. 20 years later, it is stories like this one that continue to demonstrate the direct and tangible impact of our work on the environment.

By offsetting emissions and taking real climate action with Greenfleet, thousands of individuals, organisations and families are directly funding native reforestation projects which in turn provide vital food and shelter to our unique wildlife.

On World Wildlife Day, we would like to acknowledge our amazing supporters, without whom none of this would be possible. A huge THANK-YOU to all of our #GreenfleetHeroes who not only tackle climate change, but also protect our unique native fauna and flora.

Did you know?

Australia is one of the world’s hotspots for biodiversity. In fact, Australia is one of only 17 “megadiverse” nations and is home to more species than any other developed country. Most of Australia’s wildlife is found nowhere else in the world: 87% of our mammal species, 93% of reptiles, 94% of frogs and 45% of our bird species are found only in Australia.

But did you know that Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world? 30 native mammals have become extinct since European settlement. To put this into global context, 1 out of 3 mammal extinctions in the last 400 years have occurred in Australia. Currently, more than 1,700 species and ecological communities are known to be threatened and at risk of extinction.


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