RAINFOREST Rescue has bought a record five properties so far this year but is aiming to double this number to achieve its aim of buying back all available privately owned freehold blocks in the Daintree by 2030.
CEO and founder Kelvin Davies said the bold mission to buy back 180 blocks in the Daintree still zoned for development for conservation has resulted in the purchase of 19 properties so far
“At any time any of these sites not yet purchased can be developed, which is damaging to the local ecosystem and potentially tourism,” he said.
Under Rainforest Rescue’s “Daintree 2030 vision”, Mr Davies is confident the donationfunded organisation can secure the remaining plots of land, in their bid to protect the Daintree Rainforest forever.
“With our target in mind, it would mean that we have to buy 10 properties a year, which is ambitious, but we can do it,” he said.
The Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever project identifies and purchases precious rainforest at risk of development and establishes nature refuge status which protects it forever under covenants ratified by the Queensland Parliament in Australia.
“The Daintree is largely undeveloped, which has a large part to play in the great health of the adjacent reef,” Mr Davies said.
“It is so important to protect our waterways, and the beautiful pristine creeks in the Daintree should stay that way,” Kelvin said.
“Around 75 per cent of Australian rainforests have already been cleared.
“The Daintree is iconic and has worldwide significance.
“It is home to many species of animals and plants, some of which are extremely endangered - we should aim to protect this special place.”
Founded in 1998, Rainforest Rescue relies solely on donations. If you would like to help the foundation then visit www.rainforestrescue.org.au.
TO THE RESCUE: Rainforest Rescue founder Kelvin Davies