Victorian Land and Biodiversity Green Paper – Jun 2008

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While the Victorian Government’s Land and Biodiversity at a Time of Climate Change Green Paper appropriately acknowledges that invasive species are a major threat to biodiversity and agriculture, there are a number of gaps.

Pathogens: Despite the considerable environmental harm pathogens cause in Victoria, including dieback fungus, which kills native plants, and chytrid fungus, a major threat to frog populations, they barely rate a mention in the Green Paper.

Exotic invertebrates: A large number of exotic earthworms are being spread in Victoria, with unknown consequences, and insects, spiders and crustaceans are becoming more popular as pets, a trend that will inevitably lead to them being released into the wild once owners tire of them.

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