Conserving our Australian biodiversity

by BHP

(Business)

A Global Compact member

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BHP & Conservation International’s $13.4m 3-year investment partnership helped conserve 11,000 ha of Tasmania’s Five Rivers Reserve.

Project implemented: March 2014

Project goal

Conservation of the Five Rivers Reserve and contribution to Australia’s commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

delivering on

why is this project important?

This project supports biodiversity protection and conversation consistent with SDG15 – Life on Land and Australia’s international obligations.

Key steps to make it happen

1Sharing practices

Conservation International and BHP shared expertise to build capability and enhance biodiversity conservation.

2Conservation projects

BHP-Conservation International global partnership included a voluntary commitment of US$50m to global conservation project

3Focus on climate change

The Alliance has focused on natural climate solutions, supporting the UN’s innovative REDD+ mechanism.

impact to date

$13.4 million invest
An investment of $13.4 million over 3 years to support conservation in Tasmania
11,000 hectares
The project covers 11,000 hectares of Tasmania’s unique and threatened bushland
16 species
The protection of 16 threatened species, including the Tasmanian Devil

The outcomes include protected habitat, an increased ecological monitoring capacity and 11,000 hectares of protected land. The partnership also enables BHP to build internal capacity and achieve its public biodiversity and conservation targets.

BHP and Conservation International’s partnership was profiled in a joint Minerals Council of Australia and Cardno International Development report, Sustainability in Australia: Australian Mining and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Beginning in 2014, the project included the Five Rivers Reserve project in Tasmania. An innovative partnership with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy saw an investment of $13.4 million over three years to help conserve the state’s remote central highlands. The project covers 11,000 hectares of Tasmania’s unique and threatened bushland.

The Five Rivers Reserve hosts some of Australia’s most endangered wildlife, including the Tasmanian Devil, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and other species such as the Clarence galaxias fish not found in any other region.

The partnership has shared expertise and informed the Tasmanian Land Conservancy’s vision for Tasmania as a global conservation leader.

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