Deforestation is pushing wildlife to extinction

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

Towards zero 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.

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.

We're in court to defend nature 

We have launched legal proceedings in the Land and Environment Court to defend nature against the Berejiklian government’s devastating land-clearing codes. If we win, the codes will have to be re-made, which will create an opportunity for us to have these laws strengthened to give our koalas and other threatened wildlife the protection they deserve.

Read more about the case here. 

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

 

4 August 2018

 

NSW land-clearing rises 800%, and worse is yet to come

The annual rate of land-clearing soared 800% in the three years before the Berejiklian government downgraded environmental protections further and made it easier for clearing to occur, new data shows.

Forests and wildlife

10 July 2018

 

New wave of land clearing begins while the government fights to hide the truth

The Nature Conservation Council has renewed calls for the release of up-to-date land clearing data so the public can see the extent of deforestation occurring under the Berejiklian government’s new land clearing laws.

Forests and wildlife

3 June 2018

 

New analysis shows Berejiklian government’s koala reserve system offers the species virtually no new protection

The Berejiklian government’s planned koala reserve contains only 2% high quality koala habitat and offers no significant new protection for the species whose numbers are rapidly declining, new analysis has shown.

Forests and wildlife

 
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