Register your area as a VCA

VCAVoluntary Conservation Commitments

By registering a Verified Conservation Area, you will be publicly confirming that your area is being managed to conserve nature.

Be recognised for restoring, preserving, maintaining, sustainable using, and enhancing the natural environment. 

Make a voluntary commitment to helping to conserve our planet, hectare by hectare.

VCA Recognition

The VCA Registry has three levels of recognition:

  • Confirmed VCA – (Bronze) – Conservation management plan, a letter of support, and annual conservation performance report
  • Audited VCA – (Silver) – Conservation management plan, annual conservation performance reports, and audits of the plan and reports
  • Champion VCA – (Gold) – Awarded after 5 years of audited conservation performance reports or 10 years of confirmed reports

Area managers who would like to commit to registering a VCA can submit a proposal and a letter of support, and the area will be listed as a Proposed VCA.

VCA Registration

The registration process is straightforward:

  • To register your area as a VCA, submit an area-based conservation management plan.

  • To remain registered, submit conservation performance reports annually.

For a Confirmed VCA, a letter of support is also required.For added assurance, a VCA can be independently audited and listed as an Audited VCA.

VCA Requirements

The requirements for registering a VCA are set out in our Standard. Please download the VCA Standard.  

A VCA Guidance Note and much more guidance on area-based conservation is available in our Library. Please visit the VCA Guidance Library.

VCA Submission

Please email your registration documentation to

Or upload your documents here: Register online >>

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to recognising your voluntary commitment to conserving our planet!