Saving our Species program

Saving our Species is an innovative statewide program that addresses the growing number of plants and animals in NSW facing extinction.

Saving our Species sets out the NSW Government’s threatened species management plan and what needs to be done to secure NSW’s threatened species in the wild for the next 100 years.

The program

The Saving our Species program:

  • consults extensively with experts and applies independent peer reviewed science to species, populations and ecological communities projects
  • takes a rigorous and transparent approach to prioritising investment in projects that ensure benefit to the maximum number of species
  • provides targeted conservation projects that set out the actions required to save specific plants and animals on mapped management sites
  • regularly monitors the effectiveness of projects so they can be improved over time
  • encourages community, corporate and government participation in threatened species conservation by providing a website and a database with information on project sites, volunteering and research opportunities.

Management streams

All threatened species are allocated to one of six management streams.

Within those streams, information and critical management actions for each species are identified and collated.

Read more about management streams.

Funding

In March 2015, the NSW Government pledged $100 million over five years to protect the state’s threatened species, commencing 1 July 2016.

The new funds will allow the Saving our Species program to expand to cover more species as well as threatened ecological communities and key threatening process.

Monitoring and reporting

OEH has developed a program-wide framework for monitoring and reporting on the outcomes of projects and actions for threatened species.

Outcomes to be monitored and reported on include:

  • total annual investment and the return on the investment
  • tangible outputs that can be totalled across the program
  • threats under control or on track to be under control
  • management sites with populations that are secure or on track to be secure
  • species on track to be secure in the wild in NSW for 100 years.

Read more about the framework at Saving our Species Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting: Guidelines for conservation projects.

Legislation

The program’s current legislative basis is the Priorities Action Statement of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and it is proposed that the program will continue in the new Biodiversity Conservation Bill.