It’s time for NSW to get moving on protecting nature  

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The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) welcomes today’s announced adoption of the UN’s Global Biodiversity Framework and urges the NSW Government to get moving on creating new national parks. 

NPA President Dr Grahame Douglas stated ‘Last year the Commonwealth announced that Australia would protect a minimum of 30% of our land and seas for biodiversity conservation by 2030.  Today’s release of the UN’s Global Biodiversity Framework puts ‘30 by 30’ front and center on the international stage.   

It’s time for aspiration to turn into action in NSW, a state where less than 10% of our land and 7.5% of state waters are currently protected in National Parks, Nature Reserves, marine sanctuaries and other forms of Protected Area.’  

‘The international consensus is inescapable- fast action to protect and restore natural habitats and landscapes is the key to a healthy, biodiverse planet.  The gold standard for such protection is by dedication as legislated Protected Areas’.   

NPA calls on the NSW Government to take urgent steps to implement 30 by 30.  ‘NSW needs a Reserve Establishment Plan to guide the creation of next generation of Protected Areas.  While that plan is being developed there are ‘low hanging fruit’ ripe for immediate implementation, foremost of which are protecting all public native forests from logging and declaring two new National Parks in core Koala habitat, the Great Koala National Park near Coffs Harbour and the upper Georges River National Park in Sydney’s southwest.’   

Media contacts 

NPA President: Dr Grahame Douglas. NPA CEO: Gary Dunnett 9299 0000

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