New strategy for threatened species needs to be supported by strong laws

By : Humane Society International May 21, 2021

Threatened species will benefit from a new national strategy released by Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley today if backed by further resources and a strong package of legislative reform.

Welcoming the 10-year strategy, conservation organisation Humane Society International (HSI) says it will only succeed if it is accompanied by robust laws to support its goals.

"The strategy is a good road map to improve the recovery trajectory for threatened species and the places they live in. HSI welcomes the broadening of the strategy to focus beyond a small number of species to include their habitats and importantly also the drivers of their decline,” said Nicola Beynon, HSI Head of Campaigns.

"While the strategy itself is a definite improvement, addressing Australia's growing extinction crisis is going to require a substantial increase in investment in species recovery and a stronger set of laws to get the job done.

"We are very pleased to see the addition of a broader range of taxonomic groups to the new strategy, including marine species, and agree with the criteria that will be used to prioritise species.

HSI is responsible for nominating 74 threatened fauna species listed in Australia with more nominations pending assessment. HSI is also heavily involved in the reform of Australia's national laws which protect threatened species and ecological communities. 

"It is concerning that amendments to our national environment legislation before parliament will undermine this strategy if states and territories are given too much leeway to approve impacts on threatened species. These bills must be rejected in favour of stronger laws and standards that would bolster and support the Government's ambition and goals in the Threatened Species Strategy,” Ms Beynon concluded.

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HSI concentrates on the preservation of endangered animals and ecosystems and works to ensure quality of life for all animals, both domestic and wild. HSI is the largest animal protection not-for-profit organisation in the world and has been established in Australia since 1994