Koalas, Climate, Conservation, and the Community: A Case Study of the Proposed Great Koala National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Tim Cadman, Rolf Schlagloth, Flavia Santamaria, Ed Morgan, Danielle Clode, Sean Cadman

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Abstract

Koalas are one of the most globally recognized conservation species. With populations rapidly declining in core forest habitats in northern New South Wales, pressure has mounted on successive governments to create a regionwide park to protect this population from further decline. Establishing a conservation-effective national park at a landscape level in a highly fragmented area with high pressure from alternative land uses, such as forestry, agriculture, and urban development, presents considerable challenges in design. The au-thors explore how the exclusion of prime koala habitat from the proposed park for logging is inconsistent with koala protection, which needs to consider the integrity of the broader reserve system and be accorded the requisite status of World Heritage. A commentary on the implications from the social quality perspective is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-55
Number of pages31
JournalInternational Journal of Social Quality(United States)
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Keywords

  • conservation
  • habitat protection
  • hardwood plantations
  • koala
  • native forest logging
  • New South Wales
  • Phascolarctos cinereus

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