Added 8 February 2013: Ecotrust Australia has decided to wind down operations
for the time being as of 31 July, 2012. Please read the statement here.
Ecotrust is a new enterprising non-profit organisation that seeks to make a breakthrough contribution in the areas of conservation, social finance and community development in Northern Australia. We have a specific focus in regional and remote areas, with a particular emphasis on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
It is our belief that old thinking won’t fix new problems. A tremendous opportunity is emerging to rethink how development gets done, in some cases whether development occurs at all, and in all cases how to ensure that positive benefits are long-lasting, and ideally permanent.
Ecotrust Australia’s purpose is to promote Reliable Prosperity in Northern Australia. We seek to offer tools and resources to Indigenous and other community-based organisations to facilitate positive change at the intersection of cultural resilience, ecosystem conservation, economic opportunity and community vitality. Drawing inspiration from the highly successful Ecotrust models in Canada and the United States of America, Ecotrust Australia will broker expertise in the areas of knowledge systems and social finance to underpin an Indigenous-led vision for cultural and environmental conservation and development in Australia’s north.
Ecotrust Australia will have a specific focus in regional and remote Australia, with a particular emphasis on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
The work of Ecotrust Australia will support endeavours that: