Australia Bushfire Emergency 

The fires in Australia have been devastating. More than 10 million hectares have been burnt, that’s the equivalent of 40% of the entire UK.  Lives, homes, and up to one billion animals have been affected, including 30% of the entire koala population in mid-north coast of New South Wales. These catastrophic mega-fires are worsening the extinction crisis we’re already facing.

With the money raised for this appeal, WWF’s Australia teams, along with local organisations, will carry out work including the provision of emergency funds to care for injured wildlife. After the fires clear, WWF will help restore homes for koalas and other wildlife, planting the first 10,000 trees urgently needed in koala habitats. They will also support the response, recovery and restoration teams in any other way they can. Additionally, they will help pressure governments to strengthen laws that prevent excessive tree-clearing, before it’s too late.

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January 2020

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