News - 15 September 2021

IUCN World Congress calls on Australia to fix its environment laws

Last weekend, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature—the global authority on the status of the natural world and what is needed to safeguard it—passed a resolution at its World Congress calling on the Australian Government to fix our environment laws so they are capable of addressing Australia's growing extinction crisis.

Image: Louise Chen.

This is huge. The IUCN World Congress is one of the world’s most important conservation meetings, and is attended by governments and civil society groups from all over the world.

This resolution passing is literally the world recognising how globally unique, special and significant Australia's species are... and how little our governments are doing to protect them.

The resolution that passed—number #49—recognises that Australia is one of 17 mega-biodiverse countries globally and that our species and a number of ecosystems in Australia demonstrate evidence of collapse.

The resolution notes global concerns that Australia has been identified as a global deforestation hotspot, and that our laws aren’t stopping—or even slowing—our extinction crisis.

Last year’s Independent Review of the EPBC Act provided a clear, implementable roadmap to begin turning Australia’s environment decline.

Australian communities, scientists, law makers, parliamentarians are all calling on the Morrison Government to fix our environment laws and protect our species and iconic natural places.

And now international conservation leaders and governments are too. 27 governments and 97% of the civil society members in attendance (made up of conservation organisations, experts and law-makers) voted to hold the Australian Government to account for its failure to fix Australia’s environment laws.

The only people that don't seem to want action are the Morrison Government, who have refused at every step to implement the simple, clear roadmap the independent EPBC Review set out.