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Here you will find a collection of stories, media releases, announcements and events
Submission to the South-east Marine Parks Network Management Plan Review
The South-East Marine Park Network requires reconfiguration, rigorous and transparent prioritisation with stakeholders, addition of new areas, and an increase the number of areas where fishing and mining are not allowed, to ensure the representation of all biodiversity in the region, including areas of high conservation and cultural value, biodiversity hotspots, and areas under greatest threat currently missing or outside of the current protected area.
Submission to inquiry into recreational native bird hunting in Victoria
The Biodiversity Council welcomed the opportunity to provide feedback into the Parliament of Victoria’s Select Committee Inquiry into Native Bird Hunting Arrangements. The Biodiversity Council does not support a continuation of recreational native bird hunting in Victoria in light of a range of factors, threats and documented declines. This includes a decline in all waterbird species over the last 40 years observed in the annual Eastern Australian waterbird survey which began in 1983.
Victoria takes step toward becoming nature-positive with early exit from native forest logging
The Victorian Government today announced that it will exit native forest logging on 1 January 2024, six years ahead of the previous planned end date. The Biodiversity Council welcomed the end of native forest logging in Victoria which it described as ‘highly unsustainable both ecologically and economically’, and flagged that active management of forests will be needed to heal damage, manage fire, and stem the massive impacts of invasive species.
Underfunding the protection of nature is an existential threat far greater than inflation
The Biodiversity Council has assessed the federal budget as making some small and important steps towards better protecting nature, but overall is grossly inadequate to halt biodiversity declines and recover nature. To halt declines and prevent extinctions Australia needs to increase spending by around 6 times. That sounds like a big increase, but we currently spend a tiny amount on the environment compared to other areas of the budget.
Submission to the statutory review of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016
This submission provides input to the statutory review of the Biodiversity and Conservation Act 2016 (NSW) (BC Act). The primary purpose of the BC Act is “to conserve biodiversity at bioregional and State scales”. Unfortunately, we find that the BC Act is not currently achieving its purpose as biodiversity in NSW continues to decline.