In a landmark collaborative report, EDO is urging the Queensland Government to adopt a modern framework of laws led by First Nations Lore and the latest scientific research to protect endangered Flying-foxes in the Wet Tropics Country of far north Queensland.
Read the full report here.
On behalf of our client the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, the report examines the current laws and regulations in place under both state and national law, identifies approaches in other jurisdictions and makes recommendations for reform to establish a modern framework for Queensland.
A modern framework for Flying-fox roost management places co-existence and recovery at its core.
We recommend the Queensland Government design and implement a modern framework for roost management – informed by First Nations Lore and the latest scientific research – to ensure Flying-foxes are sustainably managed and protected for the conservation of our natural environment.
The report shares powerful case studies from Traditional Owners, scientists, conservationists and wildlife experts who highlight the cultural and ecological significance of Spectacled Flying-fox and the current threats to the endangered species.
The Gimuy Walubara Yidinji People are Custodians of the Wet Tropics Country and they have long cared for and protected the species in accordance with their Cultural Protocols.
If we can change our law to reflect traditional knowledge and Lore, Flying-foxes will have a chance of recovery and Spectacled Flying-foxes may be saved from extinction.
Read the full report below.