My good law-abiding friends at the Environmental Defenders Office have recently released a report on the implementation and enforcement of Victoria’s Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act. The FFG is the principal piece of legislation dealing with biodiversity conservation and threatened species management in Victoria. Among the EDO report author’s key recommendations were that the Victorian Government should provide adequate resources to develop and implement action statements for listed taxa. And, that transparency and accountability be improved when it comes to implementing the FFG and collecting of data on listed taxa.
The EDO held a public forum last month to launch their report. I congratulate everyone who worked on it and hope those who should being paying attention do so. The report is part of series by the EDO, the next of which is to investigate the Native Vegetation Framework, another controversial environmental policy debate in our state. Stay tuned.