Despite the challenges our planet has faced, this year we worked together with our partners to develop new innovative new programs, protect some of Australia’s most unique wildlife and landscapes and call for a transition to a renewable future. Here are our top highlights and achievements from working in partnership with business...
Businesses took a stand for the planet
At the very beginning of the year, as bushfires ravaged across much of Australia, we experienced an outpouring of support from individuals and businesses both within Australia and around the world who generously gave to our Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund.
This continued into March as millions globally switched off for Earth Hour Including hundreds of businesses, councils and landmarks in Australia.
The challenges of this year also highlighted the opportunity for Australia to emerge as a renewable energy super power in a post-COVID world. Businesses joined with WWF-Australia to call for a renewable recovery. Through collective effort this contributed to securing a $1 billion investment in renewable recovery, from state and federal governments.
Working with retailers and producers to ensure they source ecologically responsible food
This year we continued to work with Woolworths on their journey to ensure 100% of their seafood is responsibly sourced. To do this, Woolworths and WWF-Australia are assessing hundreds of product lines of wild-caught and farmed seafood, across Woolworths. This includes rigorously reviewing over 300 fisheries and farms.
We also worked with over 200 beef and sugar cane farmers in Queensland, the largest salmon farmer in Tasmania and Australia’s largest fishing fleets to test and refine innovative practices for scaling and adoption across Australia.
Using new technology and innovative methods to protect our wildlife
Through our partnership with Koala we continued to trial methods to cool sand temperatures and return the gender ratios of green turtles to more natural levels. We also installed nesting boxes for the Kangaroo Island Glossy Black Cockatoo to help maintain healthy breeding populations.
We embarked on one of the most extensive post-fire surveillance programs ever undertaken. WWF-Australia and Conservation International, supported by Google.org, launched An Eye on Recovery, a large-scale collaborative camera sensor project. The project will install more than 600 sensor cameras to monitor wildlife in landscapes impacted by last summer’s bushfires and will use innovative AI technology through the Wildlife Insights platform to identify wildlife.
Tracking hawksbill DNA through the Shellbank
Did you know owning tortoiseshell is illegal? That's why at the end of this year we called for the general public to Surrender Your Shell and send in any tortoiseshell items in their possession.
With the support of Royal Caribbean International and in partnership with the Australian Museum, WWF-Australia is using its cutting-edge technology to extract DNA from the surrendered tortoiseshell items. Hawksbill turtles from different regions are genetically distinct and when the DNA is added to our ShellBank database it enables us to identify the hawksbill populations most at risk and targeted by the illegal wildlife trade.
Our Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A) grew to over 270 member organisations.
The BRC-A is a member-based platform that streamlines and accelerates corporate purchasing of renewable power.
This year, membership has grown to over 270 members across a diverse range of industries. The BRC-A also released the second State of the Market report for Corporate Renewable Purchasing Power Agreements (PPAs). Key findings included that although renewable energy investment was expected to slump in 2020, it was in fact a record year for corporates and councils signing deals with solar and wind farms.
The BRC-A is a collaboration between the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia, Climate-KIC Australia and the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney.
Supporting sustainable fisheries in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands coastal fisheries are under pressure from climate change, unsustainable fishing and habitat loss. To reduce the reliance on selling fish for income and ease the strain on heavily exploited reefs WWF works with coastal communities to promote innovative, community-led approaches to sustainable fisheries management.
Through this, we are working with women like Rindah. Learn more about her story here:
WWF-Australia is grateful for the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and John West Australia.
Launch of Regenerate Australia
Out of the ashes of last summer's devastating bushfires, WWF-Australia has nurtured a bold vision to Regenerate Australia. This is a chance for us to restore and revitalise our country for the future of all Australians after experiencing such heartbreaking loss. Regenerate Australia is our $300 million program, over 5 years, to help restore wildlife and habitats, rejuvenate communities impacted by the bushfires, boost sustainable agriculture and future-proof our country.
This program can only be realised by working together with a range of extraordinary partners with innovative thinking. From local communities, governments, Traditional Owners, NGOs, scientists, businesses, innovators, investors, and foundations - everyone has an important role to play.
To learn how you can get involved in Regenerate Australia, get in touch today. Email email@example.com
In 2021, we’re looking forward to building upon these achievements and continuing to work with our partners to secure a sustainable future for all.
Learn more about how your business can partner with WWF-Australia.