Disaster Recovery Fund FAME is responding to natural disasters through the rapid deployment of support for Australia's wildlife and habitats
Australia is seeing an increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters, as demonstrated by the horrific bushfire season of 2020-21. In order to ensure the survival of our unique biodiversity, a rapid deployment of resources will be critical to meet these disasters as they emerge.
FAME’s Disaster Recovery Fund enables immediate direction of funds to teams on the ground in affected regions during times of bushfires, droughts, floods and other emergencies.
This funding will be deployed to on-ground partners in areas of flora, fauna and habitat restoration - we can’t do this without your support.
When natural disasters hit Australian ecosystems, the impact can be devastating. Often, the speed with which teams on the ground can respond plays a vital role in how much of the local wildlife can be saved - whether this be direct protection, rescue and recovery, or rehabilitation and revegetation.
As an organisation focussed on saving Australia’s biodiversity, FAME is committed to enabling those close to affected areas to perform the work required, regardless of their resources. We do this through rapid deployment of funds to critical partners to allow for sanctuary and care of flora and fauna, volunteer recruitment, equipment procurement and operation, and much more.
There is also a focus on the long-term, with projects which enable bush regeneration and the rewilding of habitats also supported.
The unique structure of the Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species means donations are able to be quickly directed to those who need it most.
Transparent reporting of expenditure of funds will be reported regularly to our community.
UPDATE: 19 MARCH 2022
Of the funds raised so far, The Foundation has deployed $8,500 across the following two organisations.
An initial funding of $5,000 was sent to Wildcare Australia - a volunteer-driven organisation which rescues and cares for native wildlife, with the aim of releasing them back to the wild. This finance will help to support their volunteers who are receiving up to 50 animals each day. The floods have hit both food stock and availability, and soaring petrol prices are having a big impact on the driving they undertake to rescue in-need animals.
Our past project partners, ReForest Now, have received $3,500 from the Fund after their nursery was inundated by flood waters, impacting their seedlings and ruining equipment. With rainforests playing a critical role in absorbing rainfall, it is important to support work focussed on restoring these vital ecosystems, particularly in light of current events.
2020-21 AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES RESPONSE
The FAME community helped us respond to the tragic bushfire season of 2020-21 through our dedicated Bushfire and Recovery Appeal. This was a multi-faceted effort which allowed for immediate rescue and recovery programs for species at risk, ongoing habitat revegetation and more.
The Foundation’s Australian bushfire response included:
- assisting Aussie Ark with the recovery of Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies affected by loss of habitat due to fires
- support of a helicopter to view the fire scar and locate remnant patches of Kangaroo Island dunnart known habitat
- deployment of a drone to identify feral predators and possible dunnarts on Kangaroo Island
- financial assistance for the replacement of endangered native bee hives in New South Wales
- replacement of equipment lost in the fires
- long-term revegetation of burnt areas on Kangaroo Island, and more.
RESPONDING TO NATURAL DISASTERS IN AUSTRALIA
With further natural disasters, including bushfires, expected to occur with increased frequency and severity, the ability of the conservation community to quickly respond will only become more important.
Please join us in safeguarding Australia’s flora, fauna and habitat in the face of this unprecedented disaster. Your support of our dedicated Disaster Recovery Fund means we will be ready to protect and, where needed, rescue Australian wildlife when disasters hit.
NATURAL DISASTER FUNDRAISING REGULATIONS
The Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species adheres to the guidelines developed by the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) and the Australian Government, in collaboration with the charities sector, to establish a set of minimum conduct standards that charities may follow and expand upon to achieve best-practice fundraising and reporting during times of natural disaster.