Advocacy, for WWF-Australia, simply means influencing decision-making in the interests of conservation.
All Australians have a vested interested in guiding the priorities of our governments and the investments they make on our behalf. Through the decisions that they make, governments have significant and enduring impacts on the environment.
Acts of Australian parliaments have given us national parks, World Heritage Areas, and controls on many kinds of damaging pollutants. Similarly, investment decisions, such as those made through the $2 billion Natural Heritage Trust, provide for management of damaging invasive pests, the recovery of damaged habitats and the protection of endangered species.
In recent years, WWF-Australia has been at the forefront of campaigning in Australia to change legislation and policy to protect our environment and biodiversity, and to push for greater public investment to safeguard our incredible natural assets.
Major Australian campaigns have focussed on climate change, energy, housing and the protection of our marine environment. The Australian Government is also active internationally, through the United Nations, the G8 or other fora, and WWF-Australia works through our network to ensure that key global environmental issues are raised during debates within the international community.
To understand how WWF Australia allocates fundraising donations and government grants to research, policy and conservation programs, please refer to our annual report