We must strengthen, not weaken, environmental protections during drought – or face irreversible loss
Date: 27, Sep, 2018
Publisher: The Conversation
Australian rural communities face hardships during extended drought, and it is generally appropriate that governments then provide special support for affected landholders and communities.
However, some politicians and commentators have recently claimed that such circumstances should be addressed by circumventing environmental laws or management – by, for example, reallocating environmental water to grow fodder or opening up conservation reserves for livestock grazing.
But subverting or weakening existing protective conservation management practices and policies will exacerbate the impacts of drought on natural environments and biodiversity.
- We must strengthen, not weaken, environmental protections during drought – or face irreversible loss