WAFA Media Releases
23rd October 2014 The WA Government logging agency, the Forest Products Commission (FPC), has submitted false and misleading information and gained an environmental tick of approval from the world's leading timber certifying body, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), environment groups said today. The WA Forest Alliance (WAFA) expressed shock and dismay that FSC’s high standards have been ignored.
Alarming new Birdlife Australia figures released today confirm that Carnaby’s Cockatoos on the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain are on a trajectory to be extinct within the next 20 – 30 years. The Great Cocky Count has included a 5-year trend analysis for the first time since it began, and it shows that the birds have been declining by 15% every year since 2010. Conservation groups have called for significant new wildlife protection measures including a halt to any further logging or land clearing in areas of cockatoo habitat following the release of the figures.
Australian environment groups have petitioned the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity concerning the Australian government’s failure to act consistently with its international obligations. The groups include the Australian Conservation Foundation, Green Institute, WAFA and Lawyers for Forests and the Petition includes submissions by leading scientists including Professor David Lindenmayer.