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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

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Projects and Current Research

Ecosystem Services Project

The Ecosystem Services Project was initiated by CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems and The Myer Foundation, and aims to identify a range of ecosystem services that could be sold/bought as part of a credit system.

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Unit

The EPBC Unit is a joint project between WWF Australia, Humane Society International and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust that aims to increases the community's awareness and understanding of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The EPBC Unit has a range of information materials about the Act, which can be obtained by contacting the Unit's coordinator on (02) 6257 4010 or or visiting the Unit's website at

The EPBC Unit also publishes a weekly email bulletin about events related to the Act. To subscribe, simply send a blank email to

Perth Biodiversity Project

The Perth Biodiversity Project is a local government initiative, hosted by the WA Local Government Association and largely funded through the Natural Heritage Trust. The project aims to improve the capacity of local government to conserve biodiversity across the Perth Metropolitan Region through the provision of technical and financial support.

For further information, contact Andrew del Marco, Program Manager, on (08) 9213 2047 or or visit the PBP website at

Living Systems Project

Victoria’s Living Systems Project aims to help farm families and private agribusiness benefit from the contribution native biodiversity can make towards the ecological sustainability of their farm business and lifestyle. Go to the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s Conservation and Environment page.

Shorebird Conservation Project

WWF-Australia, with funding from the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust, has developed a Shorebird Conservation Toolkit to help protect and enhance shorebird habitat across Australia.

The toolkit builds on the success of the national Shorebird Conservation Project (2001-2005), drawing from over 31 on-ground and community-driven shorebird conservation projects.

The toolkit is a comprehensive resource that enables users to:

To find out more, contact Bianca Priest, National Coordinator of the Shorebird Conservation Project, on (03) 6225 1394/ 0413 300 797or

Woodland Watch

Woodland Watch was developed to secure long-term conservation protection of privately-owned woodlands. The project aims to set up working relationships between WWF and landholders who have significant tall eucalypt woodlands on their properties, with a view to bringing about positive conservation outcomes. These woodlands may come under a variety of tenures - such as private property, shire reserves, leasehold, etc - and thus involve a large variety of management structures - from individual farmers to local authorities.

If you are wanting to find out more about Woodland Watch or WWF's woodlands conservation work in the WA wheatbelt contact the Southwest Australian Ecoregion Coordinator on (08) 9387 6444 or visit the WWF website at