ANU RESEARCH TEAM CALLS FOR SWIFT PARROTS TO BE UP-LISTED TO CRITICALLY ENDANGERED
A recent Population Viability Analysis (PVA) by scientists from UTAS, ANU and the Chicago Zoological Society has found that with a business as usual attitude to managing Swift Parrot conservation, their population will decrease by between 80% to 95% over their next three generations (approximately 16 years), as published by the ANU last night. This was largely due to predication by Sugar Gliders, which occurs most in areas subject to logging. These findings see the Swift Parrot now meet the criteria for up-listing to Critically Endangered, which is what they are calling upon the Government to do.
Environment Tasmania seconds this call.Read more
Environment groups have today accused the Tasmanian Government of attempting to "pull a swiftie" over endangered species, by supporting logging of critical Swift Parrot breeding habitat against the advice of their own experts.
A report released today by Environment Tasmania, "Pulling a Swiftie", outlines the findings of a Right To Information (RTI) request. It found that the Forest Practices Authority referred a number of proposed logging coupes to DPIPWE for further advice in the 2013-14 financial year, as recognised guidelines for protection of the Endangered Swift Parrot could not be met.Read more
IMAGE: Swift Parrot | Chris Tzaros
This report outlines the findings of a Right to Information Request which reveals serious systemic failures in the protection of the Endangered Swift Parrot, with the support of the logging of critical breeding habitat for the parrot by senior decision-makers within the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & the Environment, against their own experts’ advice. The report also provides context to these RTI findings through an outline of the Swift Parrot’s current conservation status, threats and legislative protections. What this contextual information demonstrates is a complete breakdown in the system to protect this iconic Endangered species.
REPORT: Pulling A Swiftie: Systemic Tasmanian Government approval of logging known to damage Swift Parrot habitat
APPENDIX: RTI (Right To Information) documents that informed the report "Pulling A Swiftie"
MEDIA RELEASE: Government caught "Pulling A Swiftie", Dated: 23.03.2015
MEDIA RELEASE: Ground Zero for Swift Parrot, Dated: 26.03.2015