Chevron renews conservation partnership

Chevron and Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) have renewed their partnership with a new three-year agreement.

Chevron Australia, which has partnered with CVA for the past 17 years, is the national partner for the ‘Revive our Wetlands’ initiative and ‘Urban Shade Project’ supporting conservation and community engagement activities at 10 wetland and three urban shade forest locations.

As part of the renewed partnership, Chevron Australia will be joined by Chevron’s premium fuel brand Caltex in contributing a total of $4.2 million to CVA over the new three-year agreement.

CVA CEO Phil Harrison says growing global research is demonstrating the importance of wetlands to planetary health, biodiversity and the economy.

“Australia’s wetlands play a vital role in protecting coasts from storms and flooding, maintaining water quality, filtering pollutants, sequestering carbon, and supporting biodiversity. Unfortunately, though, we’ve already lost more than 70% of these incredibly important ecosystems,” he says.

“This continued and significant investment from Chevron enables us to continue our critical wetland restoration work and further strengthen their biodiversity.”

Chevron Australia General Manager Corporate Affairs Kathryn Sydney-Smith says the 17-year partnership with CVA has resulted in significant progress in the restoration of wetlands and other environmental sites across Australia.

“With almost 20,000 volunteers helping to plant more than 455,000 plants and trees, manage invasive weeds across 218 hectares of land and collect more than 14 tonnes of litter, together we’ve improved the health of Australia’s wetlands and biodiversity,” she says.

“With our colleagues at Caltex joining our long-term partnership, we’re excited for the next chapter that will build on the efforts and successes we’ve already achieved.”

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