ANNUAL REPORT 2019
WWF-Australia’s Annual Report 2019 contains a summary of our conservation highlights over the past financial year. More than forty years of working in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Antarctic proves that collaboration is the key to success. It is thanks to our supporters and many partners who helped make the achievements below possible.
- Commenced the country’s largest-ever rewilding project on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula to reintroduce up to 20 Australian mammal species over the next 10 years.
- 188 countries and territories worldwide joined Earth Hour to speak up for nature and inspire urgent action for the environment.
- 270,000+ messages delivered to Australian politicians urging stronger action on climate change.
- Partnered with over 16 ranger groups and Indigenous organisations in the Kimberley to support management of healthy Country.
- With partners Climate-KIC and the Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS), launched the Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRCA) - an initiative to help Australian businesses and governments secure more renewable energy. In one year, it has grown to include over 250 members.
- Used new technology (drones, artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques) to study how and where whales feed around the Antarctic Peninsula.
- Advocated for direct federal government involvement to ban single-use plastics.
- 1 million+ WWF supporters signed petitions to show support for a new, legally binding agreement on plastic pollution.
- 600-metre-long commercial gill net bought and retired from northern GBR and recycled into sustainable sunglasses.
- Trials in Queensland’s Far North discovered a combination of irrigation and shade prove to be effective methods in cooling sea turtle nests with more male hatchlings reported - a huge step forward for the species in light of global heating.
- Second reintroduction of 40 eastern quolls to Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, to re-establish a wild population on Australia’s mainland. These reintroductions have resulted in the first eastern quolls born in the wild on the Australian mainland in over 50 years.
- 10 years working with Indigenous rangers from Gudjuda Reference Group to help protect Sea Country and marine wildlife, like dugongs, dolphins and sea turtles.
- Our Innovation program, Panda Labs expanded to 10 countries in the WWF global network.
- Helped increase the current estimated number of wild tigers to 4,000 - more than halfway to the Tx2 goal of 6,000 tigers by 2022.
- 21,593 submissions sent to the Qld Government asking for a Net-Free North.
In 2019, whether working on policy reform, out in-the-field or with technology to develop innovative conservation solutions, we continued our mission - to build a future in which humans live and prosper in harmony with nature - together.