protecting national parks

Burke backs down on national park powers

Environment Minister Tony Burke has been forced to back down on attempts to extend federal powers over national parks after cabinet rejected the move on Monday night. Mr Burke had been considering ways to extend oversight of parks under national environment law after his vocal attacks on Coalition state government-led grazing, shooting and logging projects in national parks. One option had been to back or replicate a Greens amendment in the Senate to create a national parks ”trigger” under federal…

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Article from The Guardian UK

‘Parks are our natural heritage, our “biological bank. We should not play Russian roulette with Australia’s national parks’ | Open letter | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk. Recent laws allowing hunting and logging in our parks are misguided. Our reserves protect biological diversity and shouldn’t be used otherwise Emma Johnston, Corey J A Bradshaw and others guardian.co.uk, Monday 17 June 2013 11.23 AEST Nambung national park, Australia. Photograph: Robert Essel/Corbis The Commonwealth environment minister has recently suggested that the federal…

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Wildlife crime- a new crisis in an old problem

African Development Bank and WWF call for urgent action to combat wildlife crime: the Marrakech declaration = a 10 point action plan to combat illicit wildlife trafficking The African Development Bank (AfDB) and WWF have launched (on the 31st May 2013) a joint global call for action to combat the rampant illicit wildlife trafficking scourge that is robbing Africa of precious natural resources and posing a major threat to the development of the continent. See the June newsletter about African…

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Our national parks must be more than playgrounds or paddocks

What is happening in Australia? See the new article in “The Conversation” by some leading scientists: “Our national parks must be more than playgrounds or paddocks.” Photo below is on the border of Homevale National Park ( the park in the foreground, a private grazing enterprise over the fence. Notice the difference between grazed and ungrazed, even in a good season. In the heavily grazed paddock, there is no seeding grass for the many species of small birds who rely…

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