The natural environment encompasses all living and non-living things within the biosphere that have evolved naturally for millions of years: landscapes, oceans, water, atmosphere and biodiversity. A healthy natural environment enables the flourishing of human life and is essential to our wellbeing. However, the natural environment has been altered at a large scale in the modern world by human actions.
The University of Tasmania currently manages several properties across Tasmania, as well as some facilities in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. In its unique location, the University has properties that border protected areas and reserves. The University has a social and environmental responsibility to manage, maintain and improve the natural elements found on each of its properties to best practice standards, as well as to meet legal requirements and be in line with regional natural resource management strategies and frameworks.