Nature Conservation Society of South Australia
Speaking & acting for nature in SA
We have one purpose – to ensure that native species and their habitats are conserved throughout South Australian landscapes, safeguarding our unique nature now and for the future.
To achieve this, we use scientific knowledge to speak up and act for nature. Our conservation projects and campaigns are based on the best available evidence. Where the evidence falls short, we conduct research to fill those gaps so we can speak with a more influential voice.
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Advocacy | Research | Engagement
Shaped & challenged dozens of policies
For six decades we’ve spoken up for nature at the local, State & Federal level
Lobbied for protected areas
We’ve used our science to lobby for the creation of around one third of the parks, reserves and protected areas that South Australians enjoy today
Stopped broadscale vegetation clearance
With our partners we campaigned to introduce the Native Vegetation Act 1991, halting broadscale vegetation clearance in SA
Made nature mainstream
We helped put conservation on the mainstream political agenda by campaigning to establish the State Department of Environment and Conservation in 1971
Undertaken 100s of biological surveys
We’ve collected data on flora & fauna throughout SA
NCS is a member-based organisation, and we value our members for their contribution and input
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Act for Nature
Nature is in a state of decline. We need a government that will implement strong national environment laws that actually protect nature from a rapidly warming climate, land-clearing, and over-extraction, and an independent regulator to enforce them.
Save Whalers Way
There is a precious corner of South Australia, a wildlife sanctuary known as Whalers Way, which is under threat. Protected under environmental law, Whalers Way is home to many special plants and animals, including birds, whales and seals which are close to extinction.
Acknowledgement of First Nations peoples
There have been people in South Australia for over 40,000 years. Every landscape that we work in is a cultural landscape with a rich human history. Our Adelaide office sits on Kaurna land, and our work throughout South Australia encompasses the traditional lands of many other nations. NCS pay our respects to their elders past and present. We acknowledge the ongoing cultural and spiritual connection that First Nations peoples have with their country, and their commitment to its stewardship for future generations. As we work to conserve nature in South Australia, we aim to get better at listening, learning and working with them.