Impact Investment: Land Covenanters Victoria
Supporting the private land conservation movement
IMPACT IN BRIEF
This new association will play a crucial role in elevating the value of private land conservation and work with local, state and federal government bodies to ensure they have the right incentives in place to encourage private land conservation.
Since the 1970s, the private land conservation movement has been growing, with around 1,500 Victorians placing perpetual covenants on their land to protect over 72,000 ha of habitat.
While these landholders are supported by Trust for Nature, Land for Wildlife, local councils, catchment management authorities and other groups, there has been no mechanism to allow covenantors to come together to share knowledge.
In 2022, the Rendere Trust made the decision to provide core funding and back-of-house support for the formation of a new association – Land Covenantors Victoria.
The new association provides a platform for members to connect, share knowledge on best practice land management techniques, advocate for better tax and other incentives, raise awareness of the critical role that private land conservation plays and break down barriers to participation, especially for next generation covenantors.
“The Rendere Trust has been instrumental in getting Land Covenantors Victoria off the ground. Together we’ve been able to build awareness of the benefits of covenanting and how it enables individuals and families to take personal action to protect the environment. This is an inspirational movement – one that will gain significant momentum over the coming years, enabling more people to leave a living environmental legacy.“
– Land Covenantors Victoria secretary, Diana Droog.