Conservation and development policies significantly impact the long-term sustainability of biodiversity and natural resources. SCBO seeks to ensure that policies at local, regional, national, and international levels are informed by the best available scientific evidence.
We do this by publishing conservation science statements on issues of importance to our region, authoring policy submissions in response to government strategies and policies relating to conservation and the environment, and developing the capacity of our organisation and our members to engage with conservation policy.
Conservation Science Statements
The first Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section Conservation Science Statement focuses on the plight of freshwater biodiversity in New Zealand. The report prepared by conservation biologists in New Zealand provides a background to our current understanding of the science for freshwater ecosystems in New Zealand and then goes on make recommendations on how to protect these declining systems for future generations.
In 2016, scientists from across the world, in conjunction with scientific societies and the delegates of the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Conference, called upon Australian governments and parliaments, especially those of Queensland and New South Wales, to take action. We called for the prevention of a return to the damaging past of high rates of woodland and forest destruction, in order to protect the unique biodiversity and marine environments of which Australia is sole custodian.
In addition to preparing our own policy statements, SCBO frequently signs or authors policy statements relating to issues that we think are important to our membership.
- Review of Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030 Comments on the National Biodiversity Strategy Secretariat’s five-year review of Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. September 2015.
- Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standing) Bill 2015 Comments to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications. September 2015.
- Science Statement of Support for a Network of Marine Reserves welcoming the Western Australian State Government’s commitment to create a Great Kimberley Marine Park – February 2015.
- Submission on the Abbot Point Port Development Proposal – identifying some major concerns we have on the impacts of this development the Caley Wetlands and their organisms, including migratory shorebirds and the endangered Australian painted snipe, and the impacts of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. December 2014.
- Joint submission to the Australian Government’s Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia (with the Kimberley to Cape Network). August 2014.