Landcare NSW and the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) want to work together to raise awareness and support private land conservation efforts across the state. Landcare NSW and the BCT have a lot in common. The BCT recognises that local Landcare groups have been mobilising communities and taking action on a range of issues for decades now, biodiversity conservation being one of them. Which is why the BCT and Landcare NSW want to work together to strengthen our efforts.
Key objectives of the project include:
1. Building understanding and capacity between the BCT and local Landcare groups to complement each other’s knowledge and skills and plan how to work together.
2. Building biodiversity conservation knowledge with landholders through communication and education initiatives. This will be delivered through grant funding to eligible groups who wish to participate.
3. Increase the participation of landholders in private land conservation programs.
Commencing from 1 July 2020, Landcare groups will have the opportunity to be funded to participate in regional planning workshop/s to build their understanding of the BCT’s programs and begin a formal two-way partnership. We want to complement each other’s knowledge and skills and plan how to work together. From the planning workshops, grant funding will be available to eligible groups to deliver mutually agreed activities. Examples may include:
1. Events, workshops and field days to raise awareness of, and support landholders in biodiversity conservation
2. Activities to champion and support existing Private Land Conservation agreement holders.
How does Private Land Conservation work in NSW?
The BCT is a statutory not-for-profit body established under Part 10 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 which began operating on 25 August 2017.
The role of the BCT is to promote and support private landholders in conserving and managing biodiversity on their land. BCT does this through agreements, funding and grants:
Conservation Management Program
If a landholder’s property is in a high priority area, they can apply for a funded conservation agreement by participating in the fixed price offer or conservation tenders. Landholders identify an area on their land to be actively managed for conservation and receive annual conservation management payments for agreed management activities.
Conservation Partners Program
Landholders can enter into voluntary agreements with the BCT. Landholders identify an area on their land to be conserved for biodiversity conservation and can apply for grants to undertake conservation management activities.
Biodiversity Offsets Program
Landholders wishing to generate and sell biodiversity credits can enter into a Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement with the BCT. Landholders receive annual payments for carrying out conservation management actions on the site. Landholders may sell their biodiversity credits to developers, the BCT (which secures offsets on behalf of developers who choose to pay into the Biodiversity Conservation Fund) or to any other third party.
The partnership between Landcare NSW and the BCT will assist Landcare groups across the state to better understand these agreements and work with our partners in the BCT. See here for a video on the importance of BCT’s work. For any more information on Private Land Conservation can be found on BCT’s website: www.bct.nsw.gov.au. To learn more about the project, contact Landcare NSW or your local BCT staff member.