[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific
Australia 'failing to protect koalas'
Environmentalists say government is only taking half-measures in protecting threatened species.
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2012 10:49

In a recent move by the government, Australia now considers koalas to be a threatened species, but only in some areas of the country.

In the last 20 years, the koala population has dropped by 40 per cent in the state of Queensland and by a third in New South Wales.

It is in those states, as well as the Australian Capital Territory, that they are deemed to need protection.

Conservationists say the move is only a partial victory, and have accused the ministry of the environment of introducing half-measures.

Tony Burke, the federal environment minister, has said the decision is justified because koala numbers are stable in other parts of the country.

The ruling was made after a three-year study by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee.

Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.