To protect what is most distinctive about Australia, the nature of Australia, we need to address the threats facing facing our most vulnerable native species.
If Australians are to protect what is most distinctive about this country – our unique plants, animals and ecological communities – we urgently need to overcome the key threats facing them.
At least 100 species unique to Australia have been lost since 1788 and thousands more are on a path to extinction. About 1800 species and ecological communities are listed nationally as threatened.
It is not possible to recover all of our threatened species one by one through recovery programs. We need a concerted national focus to overcome the major threats our native plants and animals have in common – in particular invasive species, climate change, habitat destruction, changed fire regimes and changed hydrological regimes.
Bringing native species back from the brink of extinction through recovery programs and reducing the known risks to their survival are essential instruments for saving Australia’s most vulnerable native plants and animals. Effective threat abatement can also safeguard many other species not yet recognised as threatened, help recover environmental health, and benefit industries like agriculture and tourism.
This project is supported by the Australian Communities Foundation Impact Fund. More text.