'WA's wildlife protection laws inadequate'

October 20, 2010

Murdoch University’s Professor John Bailey says “enough is enough” and it’s time Western Australia’s wildlife conservation laws were brought up to date with the rest of the country.

The School Dean of Environmental Science’s comments come as the world celebrates the 15th anniversary of UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Professor Bailey said that attempts over the last 15 years to update our wildlife conservation laws in WA have gone nowhere.

“No government has been able to bring these laws into the present century,” he said.

“It is now time to act decisively – WA’s laws to protect its plants and animals have hardly changed in the last 25 years.

“All other states and the Commonwealth have more up-to-date legislation that recognises threatened ecological communities as well as species, and that requires action to be taken to reduce the threats and protect these communities and species.

“Elsewhere, recovery plans or threat abatement plans are required. These are not mandated in WA.

“It is important that we all work together to protect our irreplaceable plant and animal biodiversity. This means working with land owners and the community.

“We live in one of the World’s 25 biodiversity hotspots, and we need to learn how to do so sustainably.”

Professor Bailey is former Chair of the Conservation Commission of Western Australia.

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