Update Biodiversity Laws

Although some of the world’s most distinctive biodiversity is found in Australia, the most exceptional is in Western Australia.

Yet Western Australia’s biodiversity is experiencing unprecedented pressure because of the cumulative impacts of land use conversion, fragmentation of ecosystems, high population growth, high personal consumption levels, and changing climatic conditions. This is combined with a limited understanding and appreciation within the community of the State’s impressive array of unique flora and fauna.

The legislation that guides Western Australia’s approach to biodiversity conservation is over 60 years old and is inconsistent with contemporary conservation practices.

There is a clear and urgent need for a renewed push on biodiversity law reform, heightened by the rapid onset of climate change, the drying of the south west and the threat to endangered species.

Parliamentary questions by the Greens showed that six species moved to a higher threat category while the last forest management plan was in operation - the red - tailed black cockatoo, noisy scrub - bird, brush - tailed phascogale, woylie, Australasian bittern and Baudin’s black cockatoo.

The need for biodiversity law reform is urgent, and becomes more urgent with every year that passes.

Lynn introduced the Biodiversity Legislation (Priority Reforms) Bill 2014 into Parliament and says it is well past time for the House to support the Bill.

WA’s precious and unique native biodiversity cannot afford any further delay.

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