This article was originally published on the Guardian

National parks are under siege in Australia. There are more than 500 parks in Australia, covering 28 million hectares or almost 4% of the country, but after decades of steadily adding to our national estate and making progress towards honouring our international commitments to protect biodiverse regions, Australia’s commitment has waned.

Funding has been slashed at both the state and federal levels and the creation of new national parks has stalled. Several state governments have actively undercut the protection that national parks are entitled to by allowing uses that undermine the parks’ primary purpose to protect endangered ecosystems.

Together this has put in doubt our ability to meet the targets we agreed to as a nation in the International Biological Diversity treaty – namely the protection of 17% of terrestrial environments by 2020…”

Read on at: the Guardian.