Natural Environment Award

Organisations who help to preserve the natural world around us.

This award recognises leadership in protecting and enhancing natural ecosystems, including native plants and animals, threatened species, natural habitats, forests, water resources, land systems and soils, and biodiversity.

2017 Green Globe Awards winner

Sydney Institute of Marine Science (and UNSW): Operation Crayweed Underwater Restoration

Underwater view of marine seabed with seagrassesIt was once dominant along Sydney Sydney’s coastline. Then around 30 years ago it mysteriously disappeared.

It was crayweed, a big brown seaweed forming underwater forests that supported a unique ecological community of fish and invertebrates, including highly valued lobster and abalone fisheries. 

In an innovative project to restore the species to Sydney’s foreshores led by the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, the Operation Crayweed team has combined cutting-edge ecological research, citizen science, community engagement and art to raise awareness about the importance of underwater seaweed forests.

Recreational divers, a crowdfunding campaign, a website and film, extensive media, art installations at Sculpture by the Sea, and more than a hundred school children have all contributed to the project.

By championing marine restoration together with seaweed-focused outreach, the team has reversed the local extinction of crayweed along the Sydney coastline. The project has significantly increased public awareness of global marine habitat degradation, and demonstrated the positive role of science and community engagement in a species recovery.

Finalists

People learning about nest boxes near Wombeyan Caves

Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife: K2W Glideways

The K2W Glideways project focuses on native gliders as a flagship species within the 320,000-hectare Abercrombie River corridor and provides avenues for the wider community to share resources, skills and knowledge through a collaborative weed-control and pest-management program.

Participants at an urban forest workshop

Republic of Everyone (and The Bravery): The 202020 Vision

‘We create strategies and campaigns for organisations seeking to do sustainability better,’ says Ben Peacock, founder of brand, company Republic of Everyone.

202020 Vision partners sustainability and innovation leaders, Republic of Everyone with Horticulture Innovation Australia and Nursery Garden Industry Australia to collaborate with more than 400 organisations to create 20% more green space in urban areas by 2020.

WIRES bandicoot joey in handsc

WIRES l NSW Wildlife Infromation Rescue & Education Service Inc: Over 11,415 Days Helping Native Animals

With more than 2,500 volunteers and a dedicated rescue office open every day, WIRES is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia helping tens of thousands of native animals each year, recently integrating a free wildlife rescue app and new rescue communication software to meet increasing demand for wildlife assistance.