Conservation Management Program
The BCT’s Conservation Management Program is aimed at encouraging private landholders to participate in private land conservation in ‘priority investment areas’ or with ‘conservation assets’ on their property.
Priority investment areas and conservation assets are identified in the Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy (BCIS) developed by the Minister for the Environment.
Conservation assets listed in the BCIS are: least protected ecosystems (threatened ecological communities, threatened species, over-cleared vegetation types, Saving our Species sites, wetlands, littoral rainforests, koala habitat, old-growth forests, rainforest, and high conservation value grassland); under-protected NSW Landscapes; core areas; biodiversity corridors, including Travelling Stock Reserves; and climate refugia.
Under this program, the BCT uses the following three mechanisms - all voluntary - to encourage private land conservation in NSW:
- Fixed Price Offers: The BCT offers a fixed price per hectare per annum in priority investment areas, targeting areas within least protected subregions that contain threatened ecological communities, habitat for threatened species or important wetlands. This is the BCT’s core mechanism for encouraging landholders to consider participating in private land conservation. Landholders can express interest at any time to enter a funded, in-perpetuity Conservation Agreement. The BCT assesses EOIs on a value for money basis in two batches each year subject to investment allocation. Landholders can also apply for an essential infrastructure grant to assist with establishing a conservation area. Find out more about the BCT's Fixed Price Offers.
- Conservation Tenders: The BCT uses Conservation Tenders to target conservation priorities in the Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy. Each year, the BCT may call for landholders—in priority 1 to 3 investment areas or in other locations containing conservation assets—to express interest in participating in a Conservation Tender. Landholders can offer to enter an in-perpetuity or term (minimum 15 years) agreement. Find out more about the BCT's Conservation Tenders.|
- A Revolving Fund: The BCT maintains a revolving fund which is used to purchase properties for sale within priority investment areas or that contain conservation assets. Properties acquired will be sold with a pre-commitment to enter an in-perpetuity and funded Conservation Agreement at the BCT’s fixed price. Find out more about the BCT's Revolving Fund.
What are the benefits for landholders?
This program provides a unique opportunity for participating landholders to secure an additional revenue stream to conserve and manage native vegetation and biodiversity on their land and to diversify their income.
Landholders who enter into Conservation Agreements under this program receive annual conservation management payments for the term of the agreement and access the BCT’s Landholder Technical Support Package.
- Download the Conservation Management Program Factsheet