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Australia Unveils New Plan to Stop Extinction Crisis
Australia Unveils New Plan to Stop Extinction Crisis

Australia Unveils New Plan to Stop Extinction Crisis

Canberra, 4 Oct (ONA) --- Australia plans to halt the loss of any more species and end its status as "the mammal extinction capital of the world", its government said.

More than 100 threatened animals and plants including iconic species like the koala, will be prioritised under new conservation strategies.

The plan includes a promise to protect a third of the continent's land mass.

Earlier in 2022, a report found Australia's environment is in shocking decline, BBC news reported.

Many native animals and plants face threats including habitat loss, invasive pests and weeds, climate change, and more frequent and destructive natural disasters.

Tanya Plibersek, Australian Environment Minister said the need for action has never been greater.

The goal to list 30% of Australia's land as protected under national environment laws will help vulnerable species and habitats, the minister added.

The 10-year strategy also aims to improve resilience to climate change, build "insurance" populations of some key species in predator-free zones, and better monitor existing populations.

It calls for more efforts to reduce the impact of feral cats, foxes and a prolific weed known as gamba grass, and to better harness Aboriginal expertise on managing the environment.

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