Voluntary Conservation Agreements

Financial Support: The Council provides annual financial incentives to VCA landowners. The total value of the annual incentive is determined by the size of the protected area. The funds will be made available mainly for conservation work in the field. However, some of them may be available as a payout reduction. The 1998 Wet Tropics Management Plan (Qld) (WTMP)[9] provides the legal framework for the management of the World Heritage site. In this context, a cooperative management agreement contributes to achieving the «main objective» of protection, conservation, rehabilitation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the World Heritage area. [10] The 1993 Law on the Protection and Management of the World Heritage of the Humid Tropics (Qld) allows the Authority to enter into and facilitate cooperative management agreements with landowners, indigenous people who are particularly concerned with World Heritage lands and others. [11] If you want to sustainably protect your country and its resources, a nature protection agreement is one way to do so. A conservation agreement, also known as a conservation service, is simply a voluntary agreement between a landowner and a government authority or land trust (usually a nature conservation organization) to limit certain types of real estate development or commercial and industrial activities in the owner`s forests. This could mean, for example, that you would restrict the right to divide or develop your property, but retain your rights to live, sell or share it, build your own house or structure on it, and manage your trees and other natural resources.

These agreements apply to an area of at least 10 hectares, but smaller lands may be considered by the OTC if they contain very high conservation values or if they meet other strategic objectives of the trust. Environmental Management Plan: The landowner and the Council`s Nature Protection Officer cooperate to develop a specific management plan for the VCA area. Continuous access to management consulting is also ensured. Section 308 of the EPBC Act provides for the amendment or termination of an agreement. A conservation agreement may be amended by an amendment agreement entered into by the Minister on behalf of the Commonwealth or denounced by an agreement between the Minister and related persons. [6] If the Minister is considering entering into a conservation agreement, the Minister must consider all the responsibilities of other Commonwealth ministers who may be affected by the agreement and be satisfied that the proposed agreement has a net benefit to biodiversity conservation and is not contrary to a recovery plan – threat reduction plan or nature protection plan. [5] Commonwealth conservation agreements have two advantages: Following: Important facts (and myths) about conservation easements If you believe your property meets these criteria and are interested in a voluntary conservation agreement, contact a partner custody at conservationpartnerships@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or 07 5582 8834. . . .