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Ecosystem Recovery Fund – the ESA’s Bushfire Response

Support long-term ecosystem recovery by donating money, scientific equipment, your time as a volunteer, expertise, or valuable scientific data to the ESA’s Ecosystem Recovery Fund. Or let us know how we can help you establish a bushfire recovery project.

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This summer’s bushfires have had a huge impact on Australia’s wildlife and unique ecosystems, with estimates that one billion mammals, bird and reptiles, along with hundreds of millions of insects have died in the fires.

The survivors now face the ongoing challenges of finding food and shelter to stay safe from predators, and trying to re-establish viable populations. It is likely that some species will become extinct as a direct result of these fires and ancient ecosystems which have never been burned like this before may also be gone forever. Ecosystems around the country need our help.

As this crisis continues to unfold, emergency response and fundraising efforts are rightly focussed on immediate incident response including provision of emergency housing, food, clothing and medical attention for people; emergency rescue and care for affected wildlife; and repair of critical road, power, and communications infrastructure.

In immediate response, wildlife carers and citizens are springing into action, sewing pouches for orphaned baby marsupials, setting up water stations in the bush and backyards, and even air-dropping food in for native animals.

However, the scale of the environmental crisis resulting from these fires will also require a substantial and sustained response over many years, involving ecological experts, local communities, and public and private institutions.

You can help by donating to the ESA’s Ecosystem Recovery Fund, which will provide funding and resources for ongoing, long-term, ecological restoration and recovery to support the re-establishment of our unique Australian ecosystems. The fund will be used to support ecologists, projects and communities around the country. 

Donations made to the ESA Ecosystem Recovery Fund will be used to support:

  • Assessment of damaged ecosystems, including targeted species surveys to determine extent of population losses.
  • Development of science-based restoration and recovery plans.
  • Implementation of on-ground actions for restoration and recovery, in collaboration with key land management agencies, other NGOs, and landholders.
  • Research to: quantify the impacts of these unprecedented bushfires, examine ecosystem response and recovery to the fires, and evaluate different restoration strategies and techniques to develop best practice recommendations

The ESA will work in coordination with Commonwealth, State, and local land management organisations, NGOs, community groups, and landholders, to prioritise and allocate donations received towards projects that will enhance and complement the institutional efforts to restore environments.

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You can also make offers of scientific equipment, your time as a volunteer, expertise, or valuable scientific data which we will match with requests we receive for assistance from scientists and community members working in post-fire ecosystem recovery.

Offer your expertise, data, equipment, or time as a volunteer here.

Tell us what you need – we can assist with funding, equipment, expertise data and more

Why ESA?

  • The ESA has a respected reputation as the peak group for ecology in Australia, with an impressive 60 year history supporting ecologists, promoting ecology and ecological science.
  • The ESA is an independent, not for profit, and non-partisan organisation. It has sound administrative and financial management structures, with a track record of managing philanthropic funds to the order of >AU$20 million. We are a registered charity, so all doantions to ESA of over $2 are tax-deductible. 
  • As an independent and non-partisan organisation, the ESA is in a unique position to coordinate and work with numerous other organisations – including other NGOs, government agencies, industry groups, and community members – to implement action that will complement and enhance the greater bushfire recovery efforts.

(Photo: Monitoring fire damage in an alpine ecosystem. Nick Fitzgerald. Central Plateau, Tasmania.)