Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher
Scientists Meet In Perth To Discuss Threatened Species
Victor P Taffa
Scientists and wildlife officers are meeting in Perth today as part of a co-ordinated approach to conserving and managing Western Australia’s Unique Plants and Animals.
Environment Minister Donna Faragher said WA faced many challenges in managing its rich diversity of Animals and Plants.
“In light of this, I felt that a more co-ordinated and targeted approach to threatened species’ conservation was required from agencies within my environment portfolio and with other aligned departments.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“Today’s forum represents the first steps towards building stronger ties between research teams which, in their own right, are world leaders in conservation science.”
“Last year alone, the scientific outputs in the conservation sciences of State Government conservation agencies were among the most robust with, for example, publications appearing in many leading scientific journals and the proceedings of the Royal Society of London.”
“Few other State Governments can boast such a high profile of leading science.” Mrs. Faragher said.
The Minister said the Threatened Species Council, formed at her request, included directors-general and chief executive officers from the Department of Environment and Conservation; Kings Park board; Perth Zoo; WA Museum; and Chief Scientist Lyn Beazley.”
Mrs. Faragher said she was confident the council would result in improved collaboration in research and on-ground activities needed to protect endangered species.
“I also hope an extension of this collaboration will be a broader community awareness campaign highlighting our unique native species and the importance of their conservation.” the Minister said.