Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (Victoria, Australia)

Here is information on Victoria’s Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (FFG), which is the key piece of State (Victoria, Australia) legislation for the conservation of threatened species and communities and for the management of potentially threatening processes. Under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act, species listed as threatened must have action statements written about them “as soon as possible”. These statements assess the status of threatened species and help prepare action plans to ensure they do not become extinct. There is a backlog of many threatened species that do not yet have action statements, and this is the subject of concern.

The Victorian Government has now settled with EEG.

Environment East Gippsland (EEG) is a small volunteer-run group that acts in this area. It commenced a legal action against the Victorian government over its failure to prepare “action statements” for four species listed as threatened – the glossy black cockatoo, the long-nosed potoroo, the large brown tree frog and the eastern she oak skink. Here is the EEG web posting about these species. Each of the four species cited in the Environment East Gippsland case has been without an action statement for at least 10 years, with the glossy black cockatoo first listed as threatened in 1995.

As part of the settlement, the government has agreed to finalise action statements by 30 June, 2014. The assessment of the cockatoo will be completed by the end of this year, with the potoroo the next to be analysed. The government also agreed to create an “over-arching plan” for the other species without an action statement by 20 December this year, although this was not part of the main settlement.

Here is The Guardian press article about this, which gives the details about the settlement.

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