WWF praises Australia's National Reserve System

An independent audit by WWF-Australia has praised efforts to build the National Reserve System as ‘arguably the Australian Government’s biggest conservation success story’.

Environment Minister Tony Burke today launched the WWF-Australia Building Nature’s Safety Net 2011 report in Canberra. “Almost 20 years since former Prime Minister Bob Hawke first championed the idea of a National Reserve System, this independent report describes its critical role in protecting biodiversity and saving threatened species from extinction,” Mr Burke said.

Today the National Reserve System is a vibrant network of some 9,415 reserves, covering a range of ecosystems across the nation. The WWF report describes the National Reserve System as ‘excellent value for money’ - costing an average of only $47 a hectare to buy wildlife habitat and protect it forever through the National Reserve System, or just $5 a hectare to support the declaration and management of Indigenous Protected Areas. Find out more | See the WWF-Australia website