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Save the Daintree rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest is of international conservation importance as one of the most significant regional ecosystems in the world.

Many people assumed that the creation of the Daintree National Park and subsequent World Heritage Listing in 1988 would secure the unique environment of the Daintree rainforest. However, in the early 1980s, the Qld State government had approved a large rural residential subdivision in the heart of the Daintree lowland rainforest. The developer divided the larger properties into smaller lots and sold them as freehold properties. These actions seriously undermined the integrity of the lowland rainforest, and created the greatest threat to it and its biodiversity.

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While all of these properties border or are included in the World Heritage listed area and contain many of the same high biodiversity and conservation value forests, not all are protected.

Rainforest Rescue's Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project purchases and protects high conservation value rainforest at risk of development.  Nature Refuge status is then created which protects the properties forever under covenants ratified by the Queensland Parliament in Australia.

Our vision is to buy back and protect all remaining high conservation value properties in the Daintree lowland rainforest by 2030. 

Check our progress here on the Daintree Properties Saved So Far.

Daintree Vision 2030 - to buy back all remaining threatened rainforest properties in the Daintree

There are 180 Daintree properties that Rainforest Rescue needs to buy back. We want to see all of these protected by the year 2030.

It’s an optimistic vision. We know that, but also feel it is realistic. Although the clock is ticking, there is still time for us to achieve this vision, and make a serious difference to the preservation of this critically important region with its remarkable biodiversity. We believe the many values of the Daintree rainforest should be protected for future generations so that they too can be inspired and amazed by its incredible beauty and diversity. 

The choice is between being able to secure a biodiverse future for the Daintree, or face the prospect of losing this forest and its species forever.

Rainforest Rescue has an ambitious plan for the future of the Daintree rainforest. We want to buy back more properties than ever before and we urgently need your help to make this vision a reality.

Ultimately, to buy back every one of these properties, we need to raise approximately $15 million. But what is a rainforest worth? Can we put a price on its irreplaceable values? Not really. Which is why we feel this 2030 vision is not only attainable; it’s exactly what we should be doing.

We hope you’ll agree that this vision is vital, tangible and achievable.

Why now is the best time to donate

Residential property prices in the Daintree are at their lowest for many years. Prices could fall even further. For us, this represents a genuine opportunity to purchase critically important rainforest areas and protect them forever! We believe the rainforest is priceless.
Every property that is lost to development is devastating for the plants and animals of the Daintree rainforest, particularly the endangered southern cassowary. It is estimated that cassowary numbers have fallen to an alarming 1,000 in the wild. Ending new housing development in the Daintree rainforest is vital to their very existence.

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