Exciting research and on-ground outcomes for threatened species
Almost 20 years ago the (then) Environment Minister Senator Robert Hill asked me:
“Why do we have so many threatened species recovery plans but none of them have recovered? Should we be writing plans or saving species?”
Senator Hill's questions were good ones, and his frustration reflected the complexity of the issue. While the recovery planning process is expensive and there have been several tragic losses of species since that conversation, it has almost certainly stopped many threatened species from declining further.
We welcome the current Australian Government’s determination to halt the loss of species, and hopefully hasten some recovery.
Key components of this commitment include:
- Creation of a Threatened Species Strategy
- Establishment of the position of Threatened Species Commissioner
- $30 million in funding for the Threatened Species Recovery Hub in the National Environmental Science Programme.
Through this newsletter, you will be informed of the latest research, news, events and achievements coming from the National Environmental Science Programme’s (NESP) Threatened Species Recovery Hub. I look forward to sharing the exciting research and on-ground outcomes that will follow.
I would like to quickly acknowledge the efforts of all the leaders, researchers, support staff, stakeholders and partners thus far, and thank them for the energy and enthusiasm they have brought to the Hub.
It’s an exciting time.
Professor Hugh Possingham