From 2002 our focus shifted to terrestrial conservation projects and programs, and as the David Thomas Challenge concludes our program will continue to evolve.
Our conservation commitments have included:
From 2012 the Thomas Foundation's focus will turn increasingly to marine conservation.
- supporting large-scale land acquisition for biodiversity through Bush Heritage Australia, Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Trust for Nature and Greening Australia : eg Wongalara near Kakadu; Gondawana link in WA; Bookmark Biodiversity Reserve in South Australia; Murray River field station for ecological and cultural research;
- raising a further $21 million for land acquisitions through the David Thomas Challenge;
- promoting big-picture thinking in partners by encouraging The Nature Conservancy to establish an Australian presence;
- encouraging an exchange of conservation management, communications and funding personnel between Australia and the USA leading to skills development and transfer under the Barbara Thomas Fellowship scheme; and
- supporting young scientists through the Ecological Society of Australia.
TNC Photo - Mark Godfrey