We are working with all states and territories to update Australia’s Strategy for Nature 2019-2030. This update will set ambitious national targets and demonstrate how Australia will contribute to the goals of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
On 10 November 2023, Australia’s environment ministers agreed on 6 priority areas for national action under the strategy. These priority areas are:
- protect and conserving 30% of Australia’s land and 30% of Australia’s oceans by 2030
- work towards zero new extinctions
- effective restoration of degraded terrestrial, inland water, marine and coastal ecosystems
- tackle the impact of invasive feral species
- build a circular economy and reducing the impact of plastics on nature
- minimise the impact of climate change on nature.
Ministers also agreed on 3 essential elements to achieve all national targets. These are:
- ensure environmental data and information is widely accessible and supports planning
- incorporate nature into government and business decision-making. This includes financing, policy reform, regulation and planning
- ensure equal representation and participation in decisions relating to nature, particularly for First Nations people.
First Nations people and stakeholders will have an opportunity to shape these national targets. The updated strategy will focus the work of government, business and the community on protecting and conserving Australia’s biodiversity priorities.