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    2019 - 07.22

    What will be left: Australia has been named as one of the countries responsible for the mass destruction of old growth forest. Picture: Erin JonassonAUSTRALIA has been named and shamed as one of the countries responsible for the mass destruction of old growth forest.
    Nanjing Night Net

    World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) The Living Forests Report: Saving Forests at Risk reveals 70 per cent of eastern Australia’s forests have been cleared or disturbed, and only 18 per cent is protected.

    The report said the future of temperate forests and rainforests in NSW and Queensland would worsen if laws controlling deforestation were weakened.

    Dr Oisin Sweeney, science officer at the conservation organisation National Parks Association of NSW, said he was not surprised by the findings.

    “Australia is the only developed nation on the list; this should come as a big wake-up call for politicians,” he said.

    He said while there was still a lot of forest on the eastern seaboard much of it was degraded, often through native forest logging.

    “It is still recoverable, it will take some investment to get on top of some of the issues.”

    A Sutherland Shire Environment Centre spokeswoman said more than 1500 established trees were lost each year in the region and Sutherland Shire Council’s tree-planting program replaced only a fraction of what was lost.

    “Although the shire is blessed by our forebears’ far-sighted decision to declare the world’s first national park on our doorstep, we need to honour this legacy by protecting local bushland areas.”

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