Over exploitation of natural resources

We aim to support key initiatives and organisations that seek to improve environmental management of and use of natural resources, in particular agricultural land and water extraction.

Funded projects

These are some of the key initiatives that we have funded in this focus area.


In 2019 the eight state-based Environmental Defenders Offices relaunched themselves as one merged national organisation, becoming the largest environmental legal centre in the Australia-Pacific dedicated to protecting climate, communities and shared environment by providing access to justice, running ground-breaking litigation, and leading law reform advocacy.

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

The Purves Environmental Fund is a major sponsor of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, providing core funding to cover its operational and management costs. The PEF also supported the formalisation of the Group in 2005/06. The Group is made up of independent eminent Australian scientists, economists and business people, who contribute their time, expertise and reputations to develop public policy reforms.