A Rocha is a Christian nature conservation organisation, our name coming from the Portuguese for ‘the Rock’, as the first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal. A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education.
In all the countries where we work, A Rocha is identified by five core commitments and to a practical outworking of each:
- Christian – Underlying all we do is our biblical faith in the living God, who made the world, loves it and entrusts it to the care of human society.
- Conservation – We carry out research for the conservation and restoration of the natural world and run environmental education programmes for people of all ages.
- Community – Through our commitment to God, each other and the wider creation, we aim to develop good relationships both within the A Rocha family and in our local communities.
- Cross-cultural – We draw on the insights and skills of people from diverse cultures, both locally and around the world.
- Cooperation – We work in partnership with a wide variety of organizations and individuals who share our concerns for a sustainable world.
Meet our National Directors
To find out more about how A Rocha works around the world, visit the international website
In Australia, A Rocha was established in 2015, after more than a decade of patient development. We are in the early stages of building momentum to support biodiversity conservation projects that are managed by local members and associates, as well as develop networks around this vast country to encourage Creation care. We currently have nine directors in five states. Click here to see a video about our directors talking about A Rocha Australia recently at a national conference in the NSW Southern Highlands
A brief introduction to the biblical basis of A Rocha’s work can be found on the Our distinctives page on the international website.