National Biodiversity Policy - Consultation Draft

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Subject: National Biodiversity Policy - Consultation Draft
From: David James <>
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 06:38:39 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for bringing this so-called policy document to our attention. These 
sorts of policies should be (need to be) important in shaping efforts to stem 
the loss of biodiversity in this country. Unfortunately this one seems to be 
more of the same old hollow rhetoric from the federal environment department. 
Lots of fancy words, euphemisms, opportunities, leveraging, but no action. The 
document promises there will be lots of coordination, cooperation, innovation, 
accountability, planning, preparation, leadership, fostering,  maximising, 
investing (no, not with actual money), valuing, decision making, integrating, 
adapting, spreading of risk and other verbal meaninglessness, ad nauseum. 
However, there are no actions and no consideration of improving the totally 
inadequate funding levels that prevail. Unfortunately, the federal environment 
department is an impotent organisation run by mediocre, 
office-bound bureaucrats who have a very poor grasp of the
 biodiversity conservation issues in this country and no agenda to deliver 
effective management. A document like this will allow ongoing inaction and 
ineffectiveness to be accounted as achieving of policy goals. Get ready for 
continuing biodiversity collapse.   

David James, 


From: storm <>
To: Birding-aus <>
Sent: Thursday, 6 October 2011 7:46 PM
Subject: National Biodiversity Policy - Consultation Draft

My apologies if this has been mentioned previously.
This policy is available for comment until 21 October.

Essentially it's broad brush stuff until one gets to the bit about how "The 
conservation estate [national parks, reserves etc] is the backbone of our 

For many bird (and bat) species, the conservation estate simply isn't going to 
cut it. Too much of their habitat is either disparate, on land that is owned 
and the owners have no intention of changing that and so on ...

The policy itself is an easy read that is only 11 pages. If you have time to 
have a look and comment, so much the better.



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