Collaboration allows us to achieve much more both within our group and with other partners. The principles and values that inform are work are:


Reflecting What’s the most helpful way to think about conservation in a time of rapid change? We’re using thinkers like Richard Hobbs and his personal reflections on grief and the loss of nature to help us come to terms with that change and to inform how we might respond in more effective ways.

Testing and Learning

The uncertainty that climate change brings means we will continually test our assumptions and learn from our experiences. What are the most important shifts facing our work in the future? What do we hold on to, what do we let go, what new things do we try, what will emerge? We’re leading deliberate conversations to examine assumptions and share learnings.

Examining operating rules

What is the best operating environment for change? We’re looking at which policies, legislations, and governance will best support our changing approach to conservation.

Shifting the narrative

Nature is an important part of the lives of all South Australians, but it is often absent from public conversation and political decisions. We’re investigating creative approaches that make love and care for nature more visible.

Building Capability

How can we fundamentally improve our capability to support nature conservation in the future? We’re continually building the sector’s capabilities with workshops on Common Cause, theory of change, climate change adaptation and community-based social change.

Guided by Science

The EPA releases the SA State of the Environment Report at least once every 5 years. It aims to inform South Australians about the current state of their environment and provides an assessment of our efforts to deal with significant environmental issues.

Highlights from the 2018 SA State of the Environment Report include:

  • Considerable reductions to the available habitat of many species is projected in the future. Some species may suffer a complete loss of habitat, which would greatly increase their risk of extinction.
  • Over 12% of South Australian plants and animals are threatened; this trend is worsening.
  • Targeted large-scale habitat restorations are urgently needed to reverse current trends in biodiversity loss and effectively adapt to the effects of a changing climate.
  • Only 30% of landscapes in South Australia are adequately protected—from just 8% of land in the Northern and Yorke region. In five of the regions, protection is 30% or less.
  • Private land conservation plays an integral role and requires effective integration of national and state support programs.
  • Appropriate prioritisation of investment and targeting of efforts relies on robust evaluation of the effectiveness of conservation policies and programs.

This report is one of many tools which has guided the prioritisation of SANA objectives.

Global connections

The South Australian Nature Alliance works to contribute globally to the 17 UN sustainable development goals as well as a number of International agreements. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action for all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. The SDGs recognise that tackling climate change and protecting our land and water goes hand-in-hand with strategies that address social needs including education, health, social protection, the elimination of poverty and creation of opportunities for sustainable jobs.

International Agreements

South Australia is a signatory to several important International Agreements relating to the protection and conservation of global biodiversity. The collective actions of South Australian Nature Alliance member groups uphold and contribute to meeting our international responsibilities.

Convention on Biological Diversity


Japan Australia Migratory Bird Agreement


China Australia Migratory Bird Agreement


Republic of Korea Migratory Bird Agreement

Convention on Migratory Species

(Bonn Convention)

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance

The United Nations has declared the 2020s the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. The restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded land will be targeted as one of this decade’s goals.