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.
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 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 host annual national conferences with Bible colleges, mission agencies and churches. Our first paid part-time Executive Officer Roger Jaensch started in his role in mid 2019.