Threatened Species

Is the loss of Australian digging mammals contributing to a deterioration in ecosystem function?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Australia’s once common digging mammals that played an important role in ecosystem function, have been largely lost from our landscape. Around half of digging mammal species are now extinct or under conservation threat, and those that still exist have very contracted ranges.

Four species still waiting for protection

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The four wildlife species that EEG has used to test the governments adherence to the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act are detailed below.

The FFGA states that when a species is listed as threatened, it must have a protection plan, called an Action Statement, written up “as soon as possible”. The legal challenge looks at the interpretation of ‘ASAP’. The Glossy Black Cockatoo for instance has been waiting 18 years for a protection plan! Without one, there is no legal imperative to protect it, or the other 373 species still awaiting a protection plan.

Native forest-based bioenergy projects a climate risk: report

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Native forests are not renewableThere is significant risk in establishing native forest-based bioenergy projects to substitute for Australia’s ailing woodchip export trade, including adverse climate impacts, according to a new report by environment group Markets For Change.

The report, released to coincide with an industry conference in Melbourne called 'Residues to Revenues', questions the push to use forest wood to produce electricity and liquid fuels.

It says such a move would involve loss of carbon stores that would likely take decades or even centuries to recover.

We’re suing the government again!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

We have commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court (21/5/13) to sue the Department of Environment and Primary Industries for years of failure to protect Victoria’s threatened wildlife.

We are alleging in Court that the State Government has violated the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act by not preparing protection plans called Action Statements for four threatened species: the Glossy Black Cockatoo, the Long-nosed Potoroo, the Eastern She-oak Skink and the Large Brown Tree Frog.

The adequacy of threatened species & planning laws in all jurisdictions of Australia

Sunday, December 30, 2012

After the Gillard Government was leant on by the Business Council of Australia to hand environmental powers to the states, combined enviro groups commissioned the Australian Network of Environment Defenders Office to write a report assessing the adequacy of threatened species and planning laws in Australian jurisdictions.

Is Victoria's new threatened species ‘action plan’ –really a ‘dither plan’?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Victoria’s backlog of almost 500 listed species that currently have no legal protection, have finally seen a plan* to plan for their protection.

Govt spin won't save our wildlife

Environment East Gippsland legally challenged the government’s neglect to write protection measures for most of the state’s rare species last June. It was settled in October 2013, but we're still concerned that 200-300 listed threatened wildlife and native plants could remain unprotected.