The natural environment encompasses all living and non-living things that have evolved naturally: our landscapes, oceans, water, atmosphere and biodiversity. The natural environment enables human life and is essential to our wellbeing but can be altered by human actions.
The University of Tasmania currently manages several properties spread over the state of Tasmania, plus 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. The University has a social and environmental responsibility to manage, maintain and improve the natural elements on each of these properties to best practice standards as well as to meet legal requirements and be in line with regional natural resource management strategies and frameworks.