The Dynamic Lagoons project team, in collaboration with Dr Sarah Mika at UNE, have just published a paper assessing how effective the current national environmental legislation (the EPBC Act) is at protecting threatened ecological communities like upland wetlands.
The process of listing ecological communities for national protection has many flaws, including the restrictive condition thresholds that are required for most listings. These thresholds are rarely appropriate for dynamic communities like upland wetlands, which can change their species composition and structure rapidly over short time scales.
Read our article in The Conversation: We found a huge flaw in Australia’s environment laws. Wetlands and woodlands will pay the price
Read the paper here, or contact us for a copy: Condition thresholds in Australia’s threatened ecological community listings hinder conservation of dynamic ecosystems