NGOs on offsets & recovery

Three of Australia’s preeminent environmental non-government organisations (the Australian Conservation Foundation, BirdLife Australia and Environmental Justice Australia) have just released an analysis on recovery planning for threatened species that reveals that recovery plans designed to prevent Australia’s most endangered species from extinction are failing to protect habitat. The report, Recovery planning – Restoring life to our threatened species, finds that of Australia’s 120 most endangered animals, only 10% had plans that placed any clear limits on the future loss of habitat. The NGOs say that habitat protection must be a focus of threatened species recovery if we are the secure the future of Australia’s threatened biodiversity.

One case study presented in the report warns that the focus on offsets to compensate for habitat loss is actually entrenching the decline of Carnaby’s habitat, a theme discussed by Martine Maron and Ascelin Gordon.

Below is an excerpt from Recovery planning: restoring life to our threatened species. Or download the whole report from:

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