New South Wales is home to a unique and diverse array of ecosystems and plant and animal species. Alarmingly our biodiversity is in serious jeapardy, with the list of species facing extinction in New South Wales on track to reach 1,000 by 2020.
This is due to a growing range of threats including habitat loss and fragmentation, population growth, feral animals and weeds, and climate change.
NPA is working hard to advocate for the protection of New South Wales unique species and the ecosystems that support them.
Our Vision for Nature Conservation
With the responses of successive governments so far inadequate to stem the extinction crisis, NPA, together with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW has released a Vision for Nature Conservation in NSW. This ambitious program outlines the goals that governments need to embrace to halt the loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity. These are:
Terrestrial Parks: Ensure the survival of all NSW terrestrial ecosystems in perpetuity by conserving at least 17% of the state in national parks, nature reserves and conservation areas by 2020. Currently only 9% of the state is protected in reserves.
Marine Parks: Ensure the survival of all NSW marine species and ecosystems in perpetuity by creating a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of marine protected areas by 2020. A marine park for the Sydney region is the missing piece in the states marine reserve network.
Forests: Restore 15% of native vegetation and forests to near natural condition by 2050. Currently only about 9% is in a natural condition.
Connectivity: NSW requires a well-managed, well-resources and integrated network of natural areas. Governments must invest far more in the Greater Eastern Ranges project and preserve the state’s network of travelling stock routes.
Governance: Natural areas and native species must have strong legal protections against exploitation. The current review of biodiversity conservation laws must result in stronger protections.
Working to protect biodiversity
NPA is involved in a number of projects that help to conserve wildlife and biodiversity across the landscape. These include campaigning for World Heritage Listing of the Eucalypt forests of North-Eastern NSW and efforts to help protect koalas.
In addition to campaign and advocacy work, education and awareness-raising comprises a significant proportion of our work. One of the most effective ways of achieving this is by giving people the opportunity to connect with nature through citizen science initiatives and our Activities Program.