BirdLife: The Magazine September 2017 - Page 32

GOING SOUTH An alternative way to search wildlife tours & ecotourism holidays . 35 destinations worldwide . 70 tour companies and operators . Over 350 unique tour itineraries . Read independent Wildlife Reviews . Tours available throughout the year . Book directly for best pricing . Special offers also available Proud to be recognised as a supporting The scale of habitat loss that would be caused by the proposed Toondah Harbour develop- ment might pale in comparison to that in other parts of the flyway, but if this development goes ahead, Australia will be sending a clear message to the international community that even the most important wetlands in the world are not safe from destructive development. For the Far Eastern Curlew, this does not bode well. Migratory shorebirds in the EAAF and across the world are in desperate need of stronger international collaboration and con- servation, not actions that erode and under- mine one of the most important international environmental treaties. 0 It’s crazy to think that the Australian Govern- ment could be responsible for setting such a dangerous precedent at a time when they are otherwise leading in international efforts to save the Far Eastern Curlew. The development of the International Single Species Action Plan for the WE CAN’T AFFORD TO SANCTION THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT WETLANDS SEPTEMBER 2017 • BIRDLIFE Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Photo Paintings/Shutterstock Conservation of the Far Eastern Curlew, recently endorsed by the EAAF Partnership, was led by the Australian Government. Remaining habitat for Far Eastern Curlew across the EAAF is precious, and must be protected. A development within the Moreton Bay Ramsar site, one of the most important places for this species in the world, will not only be bad news for those Far Eastern Curlews who call More- ton Bay home, but Far Eastern Curlews and other threatened waterbirds across the world. We cannot afford to wind back protection and sanction the destruction of the world’s most important wetlands. BirdLife Australia supporters have been actively calling on the Queensland and Australian Gov- ernments to make the right decision and respect Ramsar, rather than sanction a development in a Ramsar-listed wetland. If they don’t, then for the Numeniini, already facing the possibility of two extinctions, bad things could happen in threes. 33