To assess how effective the Australian EPBC Act has been at regulating the loss of potential habitat for terrestrial threatened species, terrestrial migratory species, and threatened ecological communities, between 2000 and 2017.
Type of Study:
An estimated 7.7 million ha of potential habitat and communities was cleared in Australia between 2000 and 2017. The EPBC Act is the policy which is intended to protect this habitat, but it is not enforced. The lack of enforcement means that most land clearing is not referred to the Federal Government for assessment and therefore 93% of land clearing investigated was not scrutinized under the EPBC Act.
Ward M. S., Simmonds J. S., Reside A. E. et al. (2019) Lots of loss with little scrutiny: The attrition of habitat critical for threatened species in Australia. Conserv. Scien. Prac. 1.