Danish Nature Plan (Denmark)

The Danish government has presented its first ever long-term strategic plan for Denmark’s nature in a bid to improve the nation’s natural habitat looking ahead towards 2020.

‘Naturplan Danmark’ was revealed by the prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and the environment minister, Kirsten Brosbøl on October 28, 2014. It details plans to transform 25,000 hectares of land into nature and to generate 10 million more nature visits from the Danes by 2020.

“The government wants a Denmark that has a balance between modern lifestyle, agriculture, nature and leisure time,” Brosbøl said in a press release.”

“The Danes are crazy about nature and we must dare to use it, but not to its detriment. The nature is worn out and under great pressure, which Naturplan Danmark aims to rectify so we can leave our children with better nature than what we were left by our parents.”

With the Naturplan Danmark plan, the government has earmarked 195 million kroner to various efforts aimed at rebuilding Denmark’s nature from 2016-2018, including a Green Denmark Map, which outlines how nature can be improved by 2050.

Additionally, the government has allocated 875 million kroner to the newly-presented nature fund Den Danske Naturfond, which is tasked with buying up nature in co-operation with two funds, Villum Fonden and Aage V Jensen Naturfond.

Naturplan Danmark is found here (Danish).

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.