Sunday, March 12, 2017

Koala population crash highlights long list of government failures, report finds - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Government inconsistencies cause habitat loss and population decline. Koala protection efforts are failing in Queensland despite clear evidence of devastating population losses, a new report has found. 
 Koala population crash highlights long list of government failures, report finds - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) 
An expert panel, established by the State Government after the ABC revealed a catastrophic population crash delivered an interim report. It outlined a long list of failures in government policy, planning and mapping, which continued to put the vulnerable population at risk.


A koala with her joey on her back in a tree.Laws introduced to protect koalas since 2008 have "had very little impact in slowing the rate of habitat loss". It found existing laws favoured urban development and were "not constructed to halt impacts on koala populations"...

- Queensland Conservation Council coordinator Tim Seelig said the report lacked any push for urgent action and he called for a moratorium on clearing to protect koalas. "We need some radical action to put a stop to this ongoing decline before the koala become extinct in Queensland," he said.

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