Report: Australian government fails to protect biodiversity

On Tuesday, a new report showed that Australia’s government has failed to protect more than 1,500 ecosystems.

The report by Australia’s World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) states that 1,542 of Australia’s 6,001 terrestrial ecosystems are under protection and 115 of 920 marine ecosystems are not protected, according to Xinhua news agency.

Only 2,218 terrestrial ecosystems and 499 marine ecosystems are considered to be protected by the WWF.

 

Only 13 of Australia’s 84 endangered ecological communities had minimum protection standards. The habitats of 129 species of national importance had no protection.

The publication of the report coincided with the UN biodiversity conference (also known as COP15) in China’s Kunming, where countries will be expected to agree on a global framework for halving biodiversity loss.

Rachel Lowry is the chief conservation officer at WWF-Australia. She said that the findings of this report are “a compelling reason” to have the federal government commit to the COP15 goal to protect 30% of all land and water areas by 2030.

“Australia is a wealthy nation with the resources to achieve the full target. She said Tuesday that it was double-standard to support an international goal and not commit to it domestically.

Terri Butler, Opposition Labor Party’s spokesperson for the environment, made a statement in response to the report and accused the government of “failures” with biodiversity.

She stated that despite the government’s failures, they must now be part a global call to biodiversity conservation as the Parties to the Convention create the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.