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Mission: Healthy Landscapes

What if Our environment was optimised for risk reduction?

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Humane Society International Crisis Response Specialist, Kelly Donithan looks for injured wildlife in a burnt out eucalypt plantation on Kangaroo Island – January 15, 2020. Photo Credit: Peter Parks / AFP via Getty Images.

The Mission

We aim to halve hazard exposure in Australia’s 50 most fire and flood prone regions by 2025.

Healthy landscapes are intrinsically linked to resilient communities. Our relationship with landscapes needs to be adaptive, sustainable, and locally focused, to support our economy – especially through agriculture and tourism – and conserve and protect Australia’s rich cultural, historical and natural value for future generations. Australia’s forests also play an important role in capturing and storing carbon.

Fire and flood are necessary for the health of Australia’s landscapes. They are critical ecological processes that enable many of Australia’s ecosystems to function, supporting regeneration and new growth. This important role of fire has been long understood by Indigenous peoples, who have used “rightway fire” to promote positive ecological and cultural outcomes for millennia.

Today, the increasing severity and frequency of fire and flood disasters threatens the delicate balance between the ability of fire and water to have a positive impact on the environment and the devastating ecological destruction they can cause. Resilience-based active land management seeks to achieve this balance.

Areas of focus

The Healthy Landscapes Mission will use the blueprint evidence base to identify outcome-based targets for the following priorities:

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Landscape Knowledge

Work with others to build a national “living landscape” evidence base to better understand disaster risk and ecosystem needs before, during and after disaster events and develop interventions that target landscape and wildlife health and resilience.

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Landscape Investment

Support more standardised land measurement, monitoring and coordinated land management, making it economically viable and accessible.

Collaboration between landowners, Indigenous land management groups, governments, research organisations, conservation groups, financial institutions and investors will be pivotal and we will work to facilitate this.

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Landscape Action

Implement locally adapted land practices which recognise both fuel load management and ecosystem needs and provide education, skill-building and job creation.

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High angle view of burning dry grass. Photo Credit: Isabella Sthl via Getty Images.

“Conservation International has been proud to support the Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative from day one. Climate change has caused extreme weather events to become both more frequent and more intense, and our communities must become more resilient in response. The Resilience Blueprint offers a promising way forward by combining scientific insights with partnerships across a wide range of sectors.”

Dr M. Sanjayan
Chief Executive Officer, Conservation International

“Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment thanks Minderoo Foundation for their collaborative approach to lifting our national resilience across the natural environment. We can only achieve our national objectives with deep and ongoing collaboration across government, research, industry and philanthropy.”

Dr Sally Box
Threatened Species Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

“I applaud the work of Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative. The Resilience Blueprint and the mission work of this scale can only be achieved through global collaboration. I am thrilled that IUCN is part of this esteemed group and look forward to contributing to the next stage of this important initiative, to drive generational change within our natural environment.”

International Union for Conservation of Nature

“Deloitte Australia is excited to partner with Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative to drive actions to mitigate disaster risk. Our experience in sustainability, resilience and risk management among other areas positions us well to support disaster resilience in Australia. We look forward to continuing to work with Minderoo Foundation.”

Richard Deutsch
Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Australia

“TURNER is thrilled to partner with Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative, recognising the importance of innovation across all environments including the built environment. Extreme fire behaviour requires new approaches and the collective that has come together to inform the Resilience Blueprint and missions provides a great springboard for change.”

Nick Turner
TURNER

“The Australian Energy Market Operator welcomes the opportunity to team up with Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative to help ensure that our energy system can withstand the devastating effects of fires and floods as we continue to experience changing climate conditions.”

Australian Energy Market Operator

“IUCN applauds the work of Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative. Building fire and flood resilience on this scale can only be achieved through global collaboration. We are thrilled to be a part of this esteemed group and look forward to contributing to the next stage of this initiative, to drive generational change within our natural environment.”

Dr Bruno Oberle
General Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Our missions

Fire Shield

Reducing the impact of fires through better detection, information sharing, prediction and response.

Resilient Communities

Lifting resilience in vulnerable communities through access to support and resources.

Healthy Landscapes

Optimising for risk reduction and natural ecosystem resilience.

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