Deforestation is pushing wildlife to extinction

It’s time to end land clearing and give our forests and wildlife the protection they deserve.

Let's end deforestation to save our wildlife 

Nature in NSW is in crisis. New laws allow for devastating deforestation and clearing of important wildlife habitat. At least 1000 species of plants and animals are facing extinction, and the destruction of their habitats is the leading threat. As a result of these new laws, 99% of identified koala habitat on private land can be bulldozed.

This devastation is firmly within our power to stop.

NSW urgently needs strong laws to protect our forests, bushland and wildlife. These laws must allow nature to thrive, encourage landholders to protect and restore native habitat, and make deforestation and land clearing a thing of the past.

14 hectares of koala habitat bulldozed every day

Research by the Nature Conservation Council and WWF-Australia has found koala habitat the size of 14 football fields has been bulldozed every day in just one part of the state since the government weakened the laws. The bulldozing of all wildlife habitat almost tripled in the north-central region around Moree and Collarenebri, up from 2,845 hectares to 8,194 hectares in just one year. Read more.

Take action to end the destruction

Click here to add your name to our important petition calling for the immediate protection of koalas and endangered habitat from bulldozing. Together we can make our voices heard and end deforestation.

Biodiversity offsets law will drive extinctions

The use of biodiversity offsetting schemes in NSW is adding extinction pressure to the very species those schemes were supposed to protect, our important report has found.

Biodiversity offsetting lets a developer clear bushland if they buy, protect and improve bushland elsewhere.

In theory, offsetting is supposed to ensure no net loss in biodiversity values. In practice, offsetting is pushing species to the brink. Read our analysis of offsetting schemes in NSW over the past 10 years.

Stand Up For Nature Alliance

We have joined forces with other conservation organisations to form the Stand Up For Nature Alliance to campaign for strong environmental protections. Alliance partners include: WWF Australia, The Wilderness Society, The National Trust, Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Total Environment Centre, National Parks Association of NSW, Humane Society International, WIRES, Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

Visit the Stand Up For Nature website for more information and resources and to sign the petition. 

 

Latest news

 

16 November 2018

 

Logging laws will destroy thousands of hectares of some of the world’s most diverse forests

New logging laws released by the NSW Government today will destroy large areas of publicly owned native forests and make them unfit for native species, according to the NSW National Parks Association, NSW Nature Conservation Council and leading scientists[i].

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