Rakali Contributions

Rakali makes regular contributions through memberships and/or donations to a wide range of not-for-profit organisations and projects. We contribute our time to numerous conservation and environment groups through walks, talks and providing advice on projects.  We contribute to purchasing and managing land for conservation. Internationally we have contributed to wetland and other environmental projects in East Timor and Inner Mongolia.  For more details see below.

In addition Rakali Ecological Consulting has developed ‘Wetland Recovery Trust’ a not-for profit arm of the business in order to undertake large scale not-for-profit, non-government restoration projects.  ‘Northern Wetland Recovery Trust’ will be auspiced by Trust for Nature.  The River Red Gum and Black Box dominated wetland restoration project, ‘Wetland Revival’ will be the founding project.

Northern Wetland Revival Project by ‘Wetland Recovery ‘

Wetland Revival is a landscape scale ecological restoration project that will restore threatened River Red Gum and Black Box dominated wetlands across Northern Victoria. Local communities, including indigenous groups, will be critical participants in the recovery of these islands of biodiversity in what is a highly modified agricultural landscape.

Rakali Consulting has developed a not-for-profit and non-government arm and project proposal and will seek funding to restore over 5000 ha of wetlands.

Watch this space as the project unfolds.

 

Wetland Plant species selection and sourcing to establish Greywater treatment systems in Timor Leste, August 2015

This project was auspiced by Haboras, a Timorese not-for profit, non-government environmental organisation. Damien worked with Haboras in the selection and growing of appropriate indigenous wetland plants species in order to establish greywater treatment systems at a number of sites across Timor Leste.

 

Investigation of a large, limestone (Karst) wetland, Ira Lalarau, Timor Leste, for Haburas 2010

This project was auspiced by Haburas, a Timorese not-for profit, non-government environmental orWetland,-Ira-Lalarauganisation, and driven by the local community at the village of Malahara.  Part of the project involved Damienworking with indigenous people to document cultural and medicinal values of wild plants.  Another output of the project was vegetation description and mapping of a large limestone (Karst) wetland called Ira Lalarau on the eastern end of Timor Leste which was threatened by a hydro power scheme.

 

Investigation of Wetlands within the Xilingele Biosphere Reserve,Inner Mongolia 2007

The managers of the XilinGele Biosphere Reserve requesteLake-Zhages-Tai,-Inner-Mongoliad that Damien Cook conduct an investigation of the wetlands in the reserve and make recommendations for their future management.  Major land manager concerns were the contraction in size of some wetlands and the complete drying out of others. Inner Mongolia had experienced an extended period of below average rainfall and this was having a significant impact on the regions water resources. However, other factors that were having an important influence on the contraction of wetlands included extraction of river and ground water for agricultural use, animal husbandry and human consumption and land degradation. The process of land degradation caused changes to soil structure, organic matter content, water holding capacity and permeability and therefore was a major impact on the hydrology of rivers and wetlands.  The site was surveyed for three weeks and the report documented the ecological investigation results and provided recommendations on how the wetlands should be managed to preserve their economic, landscape, water quality protection and ecological values.

 

Presentations and Guest Speaking to Groups

  • Field naturalist clubs across Victoria
  • Local conservation groups

 

Volunteering for Flora and Fauna monitoring projects

We are keen to contribute to the conservation of our rare and threatened animal species. Volunteering for scientific surveys assists conservation biologists who frequently have limited budgets to conduct more comprehensive surveys. Here are some of our most recent projects:

  • Fauna and flora surveys for Bush Heritage Trust at their property ‘Ethabuka’, SW Queensland.
  • Monitoring of the threatened Hooded Scaly-foot Pygopus schraderi in North-central Victoria, ARI, DELWP.
  • Heath Skink monitoring in Wyperfeld National Park, ARI, DELWP.
  • Plant survey for Bush Heritage Trust at Nardoo Hills, Wedderburn.
  • Numerous other flora and fauna surveys for private landholders.

 

Protecting and purchasing wetlands

  • Donation to Trust for Nature for the purchase of Long Swamp in Molort Plains, Victoria