National Parks Australia Council (NPAC) applauds the QLD Palaszczuk Government’s decision to add 366,000 hectares to Australia’s protected area estate and calls on all governments to re-focus on investing in the National Reserve System (NRS).
The nationally agreed vision of a National Reserve System1 cannot continue to languish. It is essential that the Australian Governments work together to re-invigorate efforts in progressing the protected area estate, if the nation is to meet its international obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Currently, Australia is falling well short of meeting the 2018 target and time is running out. In 2012, the Commonwealth Government ceased providing dedicated funding for the expansion of the National Reserve System despite not having achieved the agreed goals. As a result, many bioregions, ecosystems, threatened species habitat remain inadequately represented within the NRS.
Adherence to the guidelines and recommendations developed under the CBD will provide a safety net for Australia’s unique plants and animals, and will ensure that all Australian’s now and in the future will be able to appreciate and reap the benefits of Australia’s extraordinary natural wealth.