Natural Heritage Trust
The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) was set up by the Australian Government in 1997 to help restore and conserve Australia's environment and natural resources. Since then, considerable numbers of community groups and organisations have received funding for environmental and natural resource management projects.
The NHT provided funding for environmental activities at a:
- community level (through the Australian Government Envirofund)
- regional level
- National/State level
The Natural Heritage Trust ceased to operate on 30 June 2008. Its function was included in the work of the 'Caring for our Country' funding program.
The Natural Heritage Trust has also been a partner in funding of projects identified by the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP) and subsequently the funding of projects within the context of the Natural Resource Management regions.
A Natural Resource Management region is a region defined by the Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments - 56 of which derived from assessments related to the selections made for the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP) priority regions. The Australian National Land and Water Resources Audit data provided the groundwork for creating the regions. This included information on regions significantly affected by salinity and water quality, and regions where there was potential for cost-effective preventative action.
The National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP) started in 2000 and 2001 and is ending its current funding round in 2008.
- Morgan, Gethin.(2001) Landscape health in Australia : a rapid assessment of the relative condition of Australia’s bioregions and subregions : a summary of the National Land and Water Resources Audit’s landscape health assessment Turner, A.C.T. : Environment of Australia ; National Land and Water Resources Audit, - "In partnership. Landscape Health in Australia was prepared by the National Land and Water Resources Audit in partnership with State of Environment Reporting and the National Reserve System sections of Environment Australia, and State and Territory agencies."