Over the past year, our Environment & Conservation program has been a key focus of Foundation’s strategic planning and grant-making. In the Foundation’s latest Annual Report (2015–16) we review the history of this critical program area. From its inception, the Foundation has made grants that reflected an awareness of the importance of environmental conservation.
In this year’s Annual Report we also interviewed some of our recent Environment & Conservation grantees about their larger multi-year projects. These short videos provide interesting overviews of these exemplar grants.
- ClimateWorks’ Facilitating Australia’s transitions to zero carbon future project
- The Nature Conservancy’ Mapping Ocean Wealth
- Conservation Ecology Centre, VIC: Endangered Species Surveillance Network
Each of these grants met the new Environment & Conservation funding criteria – which focuses on biodiversity and water/land management – set by the Foundation in 2015.
Two smaller yet very effective recent grants are now also available as case studies. The Good Scrub Guide project aimed to raise consumer awareness and influence policy on the elimination of microplastics in personal care products.
Seagrass vs Zombies is a case study on the CQUniversity project which sought to involve community volunteers in restoring seagrass meadows in the Port Curtis Bay region of the Qld coast.
Both these projects were successful in engaging and educating the public about an environmental issue and gathered data that will inform changes in practice and policy in the future.
Finally, the Ian Potter Foundation is also working proactively to engage with environment and conservation experts and groups to learn about the areas requiring funding in the future. In July 2016, the Foundation initiated a Water Forum, held at the Rivers Institute at Griffith University to engage and learn from leading experts in this field. This engagement with representatives from academia, research bodies, government and NGOs provided extremely helpful insights and increased our staff’s understanding of these complex systems and issues.
Above all, environment and conservation remains a focus for the Foundation and we are pleased to share the Foundation's insights from past and present grant-making as well as those in preparing for the future.
Image courtesy of Conservation Ecology Centre, photo by Lucia Griggi