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Our rivers and wetlands are under critical stress due to a long history of catchment degradation and unsustainable water extraction.
Over the past century, the Murray Darling Basin has experienced a dramatic decline in wetlands, waterbirds and native fish populations, due to a massive increase in the volume of water extracted for irrigation.
In response to these threats, we have provided a vital voice for nature in water policy processes at the state and federal level. We played a key role in the passage of the Water Management Act 2000, contributed to the development of water management plans across New South Wales and continue to play an active role in water policy processes.
We are a founding member of the Inland Rivers Network, a coalition of environment groups and individuals concerned about the degradation of the rivers, wetlands and ground waters of the Murray-Darling Basin. IRN has been advocating on behalf of the native fish, water birds and water dependent ecosystems in the Murray-Darling Basin since 1991.
10 May, 2017
Conservation groups cry foul on World Migratory Bird Day
The NSW Government is subverting Australia’s obligation under international environmental treaties to protect migratory bird habitat, according to the Nature Conservation Council and Inland Rivers Network.
Rivers and wetlands
27 April, 2017
Retain Travelling Stock Routes in public ownership and invest more in protecting their biodiversity and cultural heritage values
The state’s network of Travelling Stock Routes (TSRs) must remain in public hands and be better managed to preserve its priceless biodiversity and cultural heritage values, says Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski.
Forests and wildlifePlanning and DevelopmentRivers and wetlandsGreat Eastern Ranges Initiative
10 March, 2017
Offsets are being used to greenwash mining and property developments that destroy wildlife habitat: study
The use of biodiversity offsetting schemes in NSW is adding extinction pressure to the very species those schemes are supposed to protect, a new report has found.
Forests and wildlifePlanning and DevelopmentNSW ParliamentRivers and wetlandsCoal and gas
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This is a report on the biodiversity offsets schemes in NSW since 2005.
Report on the state of the state's rivers wetlands and rivers.
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