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 finalists

Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife: K2W Glideways

People learning about nest boxes near Wombeyan CavesWe know that when areas of wildlife habitat are connected, the resilience of their natural ecosystems is greater, and their ability to absorb external pressures and adapt to change improves.

That’s the rationale for the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link (K2W), a community-led partnership of government organisations, community groups and landholders, hosted by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, to protect the natural resources of the 320,000-hectare Abercrombie River corridor.

The K2W Glideways project focuses on native gliders as a flagship species within the corridor and provides avenues for the wider community to share resources, skills and knowledge.

K2W has protected 11,700 hectares through conservation mechanisms and implemented a collaborative weed-control and pest-management program over 50,000 hectares.

‘By working together,’ says project coordinator Mary Bonet, ‘we can link important areas of wildlife to improve the movement of native animals across the landscape. This is vital to the ongoing survival of the species that live there.’

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

Participants at an urban forest workshop202020 Vision, a partnership with the Bravery, Horticulture Innovation Australia and Nursery Garden Industry Australia, is one of their biggest projects, a mass collaboration of more than 400 organisations to create 20% more green space in urban areas by 2020.

The project has

  • created Australia's biggest network of green space advocates, including major corporates, hundreds of councils and government departments as well as the UN Global Cities program
  • inspired over 75% of Australia's urban councils to take part in urban foresting
  • provided green space benchmarks for every urban local government area in Australia
  • created positive media stories about the project to a total reach of seven million views a year.

Just a year after its birth, the 202020 Vision has been described by the Australian Financial Review as 'one of the most powerful collaborative movements in Australia’.

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.

WIRES: Over 11,415 Days Helping Native Animals

WIRES bandicoot joey in handscOver three decades WIRES NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service has become the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia. With more than 2500 volunteers and a dedicated rescue office open every day, WIRES helps tens of thousands of native animals each year.

However the demand for wildlife assistance is increasing rapidly.

‘To maintain the level of rescue operations that are needed,’ says operations manager Kyla Shelley, ‘requires wildlife education, rescue advice and assistance for hundreds of community members so they are better at understanding and interacting with wildlife’.

To help as many animals as possible, as quickly as possible, WIRES has to continuously upgrade its systems.

Over the last three years WIRES has launched:

  • a free wildlife rescue app to report a rescue, find essential rescue information about common species, or find the nearest vet
  • new rescue communication software so that the rescue team can instantly contact every available volunteer in a particular area trained to rescue a certain species.