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Natural Heritage Trust annual report 2004-05
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- Author / Creator
- Australian Government Natural Resource Management Team
- Commonwealth of Australia 2005
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- Full Abstract
- The year 2004–05 represents the third year of the extension of the Natural Heritage Trust. The focus of the Natural Heritage Trust continued to evolve during 2004–05. The year was marked by funding for a range of community-driven projects delivering ‘on-ground’ outcomes for natural resource management. The Australian Government spent a total of $307.61 million during the year on activities ranging from projects assisted by its Envirofund, which focuses on local environmental issues, to regional and national projects. From this total, Envirofund community projects received $19.47 million, Natural Heritage Trust regional projects received $145.22 million and national projects received $117.80 million. The Trust remains Australia’s largest environmental assistance plan. Significant achievements have been delivered through Envirofund projects, including over 15,000 hectares of vegetation protected and over 12,000 hectares revegetated and rehabilitated. Projects have carried out activities that have led to over 2,000 hectares of wetland being enhanced and protected. Regional projects have rehabilitated, enhanced or revegetated 782,550 hectares of vegetation. A significant area of 103,510 hectares of wetlands has been protected or enhanced through the Trust’s regional projects. Substantial pest plant control and pest vertebrate control has taken place with 55.38 million hectares of pest plant control undertaken and 143.38 million hectares of pest animal control completed. Water use effi ciency has also been targeted by regional projects with 11,960 hectares of land using improved irrigation practices. The Natural Heritage Trust helps communities tackle environmental issues identified as paramount in their local regions. These activities continue to help improve our beaches, rivers and wetland areas; boost productivity in agricultural land; and enhance rangeland areas. The Trust also supports Australian Government priorities such as recovery planning for threatened species, reducing aquatic pollution, controlling invasive species, improving industry sustainability and supporting Indigenous communities to manage land for conservation purposes. In 2004–05, the Australian Government continued to work closely with communities, industry groups and other governments and organisations to achieve a range of outcomes. These included the protection of native species across 1.4 million hectares; and the development of more than 30,000 local community sub-catchment plans, nearly 44,000 property management plans, and 250 threatened flora and fauna species recovery plans. Of significant note are achievements made in the progression of regional accredited plans. Fifty-two regions now have implemented accredited management plans and accredited investment strategies. These strategies form the basis of investment through the regional investment and regional competitive streams.
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- Department of the Environment and Heritage, Canberra, ACT
- Subject (AGROVOC)
- Natural heritage; Natural resources; resource management; Aquatic environment; expenditure; Plans; Water quality; trusts; monitoring; Australia
- Subject (GEMET)
- management of natural resources; planning; plan; vegetation; vegetable; monitoring; self-monitoring; investment; soil; natural heritage
- Subject (Author)
- Natural Heritage Trust; NHT; annual report; natural resource management; Envirofund; regional delivery; national outcomes
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