Create strong national nature protection laws that stop Australia’s worsening extinction crisis, and support nature as a climate solution. New laws must be enforced by an independent regulator.
Our forests, wetlands and bushlands store greenhouse gases, provide homes for our unique animals and birds, and are places where people restore and revive.
Experience in other countries demonstrates that strong national nature protection laws are effective in reversing the decline of species
threatened with extinction.
For example, the US Endangered Species Act has much stronger protection for habitat critical to the survival of threatened species
than Australia’s national environmental protection laws.
The overall track record of the Endangered Species Act shows that effective implementation of strong nature protection laws makes a difference.
Successful outcomes include:
- From 1973 to 2013, the Act prevented extinction for 99% of species under its protection.
- The Act has shown a 90% recovery rate in more than 100 species — including grizzly bears, humpback whales and bald eagles — throughout the United States.
- The Act has allowed the designation of millions of acres of critical habitat, which is crucial to species' survival and recovery.