Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre

by Forever Wild
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Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
Protect Earth's last wildernesses, $5 per acre
A granite rock in Western Australia
A granite rock in Western Australia

Yes, 1 million acres! By 2024 we are confident that we will have expanded our Western Deserts landscape to 1 MILLION ACRES. We have a number of strategies in play, including working towards acquiring another 560,000 acres and developing programs on adjacent land wilderness land.

We know that simply creating more protected areas is not good enough, and will also never be enough to manage our climate challenges. While they are definitely important the scale is limited and does not acknowledge that we all share one Earth.

Therefore, as a socio-environmental enterprise, a great deal of Forever Wild's focus is on creating positive feedback loops from wilderness to society as tools to protect those wilderness areas. Unless we scale up efforts in a way that explicitly identifies human society, local economies and the environment as components of a whole, we will not succeed. 

The granite rock above, photographed in the Western Deserts, is a superb example of the flow we need to create, even where the problem is hard to tackle! We all live here together, and we have no choice except to figure out how to create our own fully interconnected planet.

Thank you to all our donors We blend all donations with impact investment and so each $5 actually supports between 5 to 10 acres of wilderness!! Now THAT is making every dollar count.

Best wishes from the Forever Wild Team, Australia.

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A controlled fire on the reserve
A controlled fire on the reserve

Hello to all our supporters, and thank you once again for assisting us to achieve our goals.

We have written a lot on our large-scale Western Deserts landscapes, and by the next report we hope to have some very exciting news from that way. But Forever Wild also has a magnificent property in the tropical savannas of Northern Australia, This property is incredibly diverse, a mix of ancient savannah woodland, and large ephemeral wetlands and creeks. Fire and rain are the major ecological processes in this part of Australia. When the Wet Season arrives, usually in December or January, the shallow lakes fill and black swans arrive to breed. 

The invertebrate life is at its most spectacular at this time of year. Insects normally confined to the tree canopy or living in their juvenile stages become active as they search for mates, including giant stick insects nearly 20cm long! Brightly colored moths and small beetles crowd the lights at the main buildings at night, creating a feast for the geckos. Some larger ones appear too, and we collected (and released) the Rhinocerous Beetle in the photo a few days ago. He made a great ruckus while we tried to get photos and eventually we had to be content with a short video and a few screenshots.

It is incredibly rewarding to watch the Wetland reserve burst to life with the onset of the warm, tropical rains. These animals, great and small, share our Earth with us. They too have a right to life on this planet, and we must do everything we can to create landscapes where all species can live together. 

Happy New Year and best wishes from the Forever Wild team in Australia.

A Wet Season transformation
A Wet Season transformation
A Frilled Lizard hoping not be seen
A Frilled Lizard hoping not be seen
Still hoping not to be seen....
Still hoping not to be seen....
Rhinoceros beetle
Rhinoceros beetle
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Wildflower (eremophila)
Wildflower (eremophila)

Forever Wild's acquisition of 1650 square kilometers in Western Australia earlier this year generated a lot of interest, partly because of the scale and ambition of our work, and partly due to how we blended donations with private capital investment. Quite honestly, many people did not believe that any investor would consider placing their money into 'natural capital', but we figured that someone out there would take the leap. And they did!

The funds raised on GlobalGiving went a long way to demonstrate that society wants to see change, and we used the success of the GlobalGiving campaign as a clear demonstration that innovation in finance can - indeed must - be developed.

Now our focus is on expanding the Western Deserts concept, and ultimately making it truly a 'shared earth landscape' of a scale that is meaningful at a global scale. The long-term goal is a 10,000km sq area, and we have now entered negotiations for another 1650 square kilometers. With the existing national parks sitting adjacent, the protected wilderness landscape will be nearly 5,500 sq km! This is an extraordinary size, and will ensure thousands of species and hundreds of ancient cultural heritage sites are protected in perpetuity. Don't forget each property will also capture over 300,000 tonnes of carbon.

We thought we would share a few photos demonstrating why the area in Western Australia is so important. In 2021 the land saw the best rains for nearly 20 years and burst into life. Wildflowers that had lain as dormant seeds embraced the damp desert soil, and birds have entered a nesting and breeding frenzy. The landscape is quite literally thronged with life. We took loads of photos to share with you - most of the plants are found nowhere else on Earth. 

In our survey this year we also found an undocumented rock art site, which was one of the most astounding experiences of the last few years for the Forever Wild team.

As we look to expand the Western Deserts Shared Earth Landscape, please consider once again supporting us, sharing word of what we do and taking a moment to smile while you think of all the animals, plants and thousands of years of history you have helped to protect for future generations.

We have only one planet, very little time, but enough people willing to make the change we all need.

Wildflower
Wildflower
wildflower
wildflower
Carpet of wildflowers
Carpet of wildflowers
Wildflower
Wildflower
Forever Wild team on a survey, Western Australia
Forever Wild team on a survey, Western Australia
An undocumented rock art site. Incredible!
An undocumented rock art site. Incredible!
Wildflower (grevillia)
Wildflower (grevillia)

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A beetle track in the sand dunes
A beetle track in the sand dunes

G'day everyone,

Don't forget to watch the short video of the gorgeous little animal we cared for an released recently ;-) 

Work is continuing at a furious pace on the acquisition and protection of the landscape in the Western Deserts. This place of stark beauty and incredible biological diversity has only 7% of its habitat types under protection. Austin Downs, the first property we are buying in this landscape, has 19 different habitat types!! This is partly because the place, at 1650 square kilometers, is so vast. But it also has lots of different soil types, water flows and low, rocky escarpments that all have their own species. At this stage we are hoping to finalize acquisition in May, and all the funds donated via GlobalGiving will be allocated to this.

Our primary activity for the Western Deserts landscape since January has been raising the investment to combine with donations. We apply what is referred to as a 'blended finance' model where we bring in donor funds and investment. Any investment has to meet specific criteria, including funding conservation outcomes. It is hard work finding this investment, but it enables us to increase x10 the level of funds from donations. Forever Wild is at the cutting edge of large-scale conservation finance and your donation is a critical part of it; without donations to help buy and protect a landscape, blended finance would not be possible.

Covid19 has restricted travel across Australia, so on-ground activities in the Western Deserts have been on hold. Nonetheless, we have been planning a biological survey for Austin Downs, which will be the first one ever conducted in the area. Some of the scientists believe new species may be found. We are not sure if we will get it done this year given all that is happening, but we will keep you updated.

In other work in Northern Australia, we have been very focused on core conservation activities, particularly our work with threatened species on our Tropical Wetlands property. Probably one of the more rewarding was looking after a small marsupial carnivore called a Northern Quoll. This species is endangered, and a young male was brought to us with injuries. He did not take long to recover however, and was soon released into the reserve where this species is seen regularly.

Thank you all so much, and I hope everyone is safe.

Forever Wild team

The landscape of the Western Deserts
The landscape of the Western Deserts

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Fiachra Kearney
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