Australian Landcare International (ALI) is a not for profit community group which the spreads the values and practices of Landcare across the globe.
By empowering communities, Landcare promotes the transfer of skills and knowledge, better use of natural resources, and collaborative involvement in land and water management and restoration.
Landcare is a very effective enabler in the global campaign to improve food security, mitigate the impacts of climate change and increase biodiversity. It also helps afflicted communities to recover after disasters.
It began in 2008 and many of its members have been involved in Landcare in Australia at policy, program and operational levels for more than 20 years. Some have international experience in agricultural, forestry and environmental management.
Our goal is to use our collective Landcare experience to help people in other countries manage their land and water resources more sustainably by:
- Promoting Landcare to national and international organisations as a sustainable way to manage natural resources for food production and resource conservation.
- Supporting a Landcare approach within local communities in various countries.
- Training overseas participants in Landcare within Australia and in home countries
- Making connections between people and projects in Australia and overseas.
Australian Landcare International can draw upon a wide range of expertise through its specific database of members and its wider network. It has good relationships with various organisations, both corporate and government.
ALI is continually seeking funding from various sources in both the corporate and government sectors to develop new projects.
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What is Landcare ?
Landcare began in Australia in 1986 and is based on local community groups working to improve the conservation values, natural resource management (NRM) and productive resources of their area to ensure sustainable communities. It has been an effective way to reduce the impacts of soil erosion, salinity, pest plants and animals, and to improve the habitat of native fauna and flora in Australia. In doing so it has also improved farm production.
The growth of Landcare in Australia has been rapid with 5000 groups formed across the country within the first 15 years. Landcare groups work in partnership with government, corporates and NGOs to achieve their aims. While most groups are based in rural areas, some are urban based and concentrate on improving conservation values in public parks and reserves.
The Landcare approach is described by many as:
1. community based (for decisions and actions) as local groups
2. Improving natural resource management for production and conservation
3. Open to partnerships for information, funding and other opportunities
4. Individual groups autonomous in their management (no hierarchy).