The Centre for Ecosystem Science has developed a submission to the draft Revision of Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy – “Australia’s Strategy for Nature 2018-2030”.
The current strategy has major omissions and inconsistencies which do not adequately reflect the current evidence base. It lacks any substantial content on how Australia proposes to meet its international obligations to the Convention on Biological Diversity. It fails to mention the relevant Aichi Targets to which Australia, along with 190 other nations is committed to. The vision poorly deals with the challenges and conflicts inherent in improving human quality of life while at the same time halting the rate of biodiversity loss and impacts on ecosystem services. The strategy needs to adequately recognise the richness of Australia’s biodiversity, its value to the Australian community and the challenges and threats. In providing leadership and a way forward, the strategy also needs to provide measurable targets and actions to conserve Australian species and ecosystems. The Centre for Ecosystem Science cannot support the draft strategy in its current form and provides constructive comment to improve its form and focus. In so doing, this submission begins by providing input on major overarching issues with the strategy, the necessary context supporting the need for this strategy and the importance of explicitly providing this context. This is fundamental for communicating a vision, goals and objectives on which this submission provides further comment. We also raise the issues of resourcing and the plan of action. Finally, we comment on each section separately.