Monday, 3 November 2014

Kakadu’s world heritage listing under threat from species loss

New $750,000 strategy part of fight to save widllife from threat of fire, weeds and feral animals

Helen Davidson in Darwin, Monday 3 November 2014 07.17 GMT

A comprehensive $750,000 new threatened species strategy in the Kakadu national park is set to give conservation work in the area a massive shake-up in a bid to prevent a threat to the famous park’s world heritage listing.

Over the past 30 years Professor John Woinarski has seen Kakadu decline from an extraordinary place, home to “squillions” of animals, to a park under threat of losing entire species.

Many populations have declined by as much as 90%, and some have disappeared completely from the area. There are 75 threatened species in Kakadu, probably the largest number in any one Australian area.

“The conservation of threatened species is part of [Kakadu’s] world heritage listing criteria, so … if it’s failing in that then it’s potentially sabotaging its world heritage listing,” Woinarski told Guardian Australia.

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