Submissions

The Centre for Ecosystem Science is thoroughly engaged with current environmental affairs and topics of ecological significance. We seek to provide a valuable scientific prospective to policy makers and in public forums. Click on the hyperlinks below to see the formal submissions.

Submission to Regulation of Australian Agriculture-Productivity Commission Draft Report

The Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES), UNSW Australia, supports legislative and other instruments of government that effectively regulate threats to biodiversity conservation, founded on a strong evidence base while supporting socio-economic values of society. Current rates of loss of biodiversity around the world, including Australia are unprecedented. The continued loss of biodiversity in Australia indicates a clear need to assess the effectiveness of the legislative and regulatory frameworks that implement biodiversity conservation and management and its interface with other economic activities. CES welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to Productivity Commission's draft report on Regulation of Australian Agriculture.

Submission to the draft Biodiversity and Local Land Services legislation

The Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES), UNSW Australia, supports all legislative and other instruments of government that improve effectiveness of biodiversity conservation, founded on a strong evidence base. Current rates of loss of biodiversity around the world, in Australia and in New South Wales are unprecedented. The continued loss of biodiversity in NSW indicates a clear need to assess the effectiveness of the legislative framework that governs biodiversity conservation. CES welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and draft Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016.

Submission on the proposed EPBC listing of six migratory shorebird species/subspecies

The UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES) strongly supports efforts to assess Australia’s migratory shorebirds for listing under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999). Migratory shorebirds across the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) are under severe pressure from habitat loss, degradation, hunting and other threatening processes. Our research on intertidal habitat losses from remote sensing and analyses of population data from across Australia indicate that these species are likely to be threatened when confronted with the listing criteria.

 

Submission to the Queensland Government – Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project

We are considerably encouraged by decisions not to dump dredged materials in the Caley Valley wetlands, the primary focus of our previous submission for the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project. We are also concerned about dredging in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park but support no dumping of dredging in this area. We are also less critical about the level of information provided into this project, particularly in relation to modelling of hydrology.

 

Submission to the Inquiry into the National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014

The National Water Commission has performed and excellent service in coordinating water reform in Australia, as an independent organisation at arm’s length of state and Federal governments. This fundamentally reflects its charter, capacity and the expertise of the organisation, including the commissioners. In the difficult area of water resource management, the organisation was respected by all stakeholders. This resulted from its independent objective and expert investigations, programs and publications.

 

Submission on the draft wildlife conservation plan for migratory shorebirds (2014)

The UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES) strongly supports government efforts to conserve Australia’s declining migratory shorebirds. These efforts recognise our long-term commitment to their conservation, reflected in Commonwealth and state legislation, as well as our bilateral agreements and ongoing international partnerships.

 

Submission on the proposed EPBC listing of Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)

The UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES) strongly supports efforts to assess Australia’s migratory shorebirds for listing under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999). We agree that the Curlew Sandpiper is eligible for listing as Critically Endangered. Severe declines of populations that have been detected from count data and ongoing loss and degradation of habitats throughout the East Asian-Australasian Flyway warrant this listing.



Submission on the proposed EPBC listing of Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)

The UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES) strongly supports efforts to assess Australia’s migratory shorebirds for listing under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999). To assist this process, we are pleased to provide a submission on the proposed listing of Eastern Curlew as Endangered. Our submission offers scientific advice, provides several new references and highlights several new issues that are relevant to this listing.

 

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