"The independent review of Australia’s main environment law, released
last week, provided a sobering but accurate appraisal of a dire situation.
The review was led by Professor Graeme Samuel and involved consultation
with scientists, legal experts, industry and conservation organisations.
Samuel’s report concluded Australia’s biodiversity is in decline and the
law (the EPBC Act) “is not fit for current or future environmental
The findings are no surprise to us. As ecologists, we’ve seen first hand
how Australia’s nature laws and governance failure have permitted
environmental degradation and destruction to the point that species face
extinction. Even then, continued damage is routinely permitted.
And the findings aren’t news to many other Australians, who have watched
wildlife and iconic places such as Kakadu and Kosciuszko national parks,
and the Great Barrier Reef, decline at rates that have only accelerated
since the act was introduced in 1999. Even globally recognisable
wildlife, such as the platypus, now face a future that’s far from certain."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics