June 23, 2024

Australia wants to stop species extinction |  Abroad

Australia wants to stop species extinction | Abroad

Environment Minister Tanya Pleibersk’s ten-year plan initially focuses on 110 species and 20 areas of particularly high natural value, such as Kangaroo Island off South Australia and Kakadu National Park in the tropical north. The Asia Pacific News Agency reported that the species that should be given priority have been selected by independent experts.

These include endemic marsupials such as koalas and wombats, possums, red-tailed black parrot, Australian sea lion, and brush-tail rock kangaroo. The menu also includes different types of fish, frogs, and reptiles, as well as 30 species of plants.

Cats inside cause problems

The goal is to improve protection of species threatened by climate change and the loss of their natural habitats, among other things, and to revive endangered populations. Small animals in particular are hunted below by wild cats (Felis catus), which were introduced during European settlement and are now contributing to the extinction of various species.

“Our previous approach did not work,” Pleibersk said on Tuesday. “Australia is the world leader in the extinction of mammals.” The need for action has never been greater.

39 species have become extinct since colonization

Only in July did the minister report on the State of Australia’s Environment (State of the Environment Report 2021) – with shocking numbers: since its colonization in 1788, 39 species of mammals have gone extinct on the red continent, more than any other continent.

Since the previous report was published in 2016, 17 mammal species, 17 bird species and 19 frog species have been added to the endangered species list or are now classified as “critically endangered”.

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