NSW Biodiversity Worse Than Ever, Habitat Clearing the Key Driver, Says Government Report

The Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales (NCC), the state’s leading environmental advocacy organisation, has labelled new Government data on biodiversity loss ‘a shocking and deeply frustrating failure to meet obligation to protect nature’.   

The NSW Government has recently released its Biodiversity Outlook Report findings which show that biodiversity is in decline across the state. Across nearly every indicator NSW biodiversity is worse off than when the previous report was released in 2020.

“This report confirms what we have been warning the government about since they came to office – we are in a biodiversity crisis and urgent action is needed,” Nature Conservation Council NSW (NCC) spokesperson Clancy Barnard said.

“Habitat clearing has tripled since nature laws were changed in 2016 to allow virtually unregulated destruction, and now this report confirms what we suspected – it’s only going to get worse for NSW ecosystems and wildlife as long as the status quo persists.” 

“It isn’t surprising that when nothing is done, nothing gets better. The state of the NSW environment is not going to improve until the NSW Government bins these John Barilaro-legacy laws and gets to work on nature protection laws that actually protect nature.”

“The report finds that we will lose half of NSW’s threatened species in the next 100 years if nothing is done, the NSW habitat is so degraded it can only support 29% of the plants and animals it once could, enough is enough,” Barnard added.