The parma wallaby (Macropus parma) has been added to the Vulnerable species list. Photo Credit: Fernando Trabanco Fotografia/Getty ImagesAnimals Australia
Our Goal: No More Extinctions!
The Australian government is launching an ambitious yet vital 10-year action plan to prevent any new animal or plant species from going extinct with the strongest measures ever taken by the land down under.
“Based on input from researchers and experts from the community, [the priorities list] will guide recovery actions that will benefit a broad range of threatened species and their habitats,” states Tanya Plibersek, member of the Australian House of Representatives.
The 2022-2032 Threatened Species Action Plan: Towards Zero Extinctions has identified 110 animal and plant species, as well as 20 ecological communities, as priorities to protect and conserve. It is part of the Saving Native Species Program to which the government will allocate $224.5 million to prevent those species from going extinct and to protect 30% of the country’s land mass. “These are the strongest targets we’ve ever seen.” Australia’s unique biodiversity and ecosystems need action to save them from the effects of climate change, pollution, land clearing, and mining. With the addition of fifteen species and three ecological communities to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999‘s list of threatened species, a wider variety of animals and plants will get the protection they need.