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Adelaide Law School

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Making South Australian biodiversity law fit for purpose in the Anthropocene: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr Michelle Lim

The Anthropocene is the current geological epoch where human impacts on the Earth system are so great that they are a force of planetary change akin to a large meteorite. Biodiversity conservation is one of society’s most important planetary challenges. Current extinction rates are approximately 100 times that of Earth’s pre-human history and vertebrate populations have decreased by 52% in the last forty years. The magnitude of global biodiversity decline is so significant it poses a greater risk to humanity than climate change.

There is a dire need for interdisciplinary approaches that tackle the complex issues that impact on biodiversity and human well-being. Legal frameworks for biodiversity must balance competing economic, social and environmental interests while addressing increasingly complicated trade-offs. The 2017 South Australian Biodiversity Parliamentary Inquiry found that existing threats to biodiversity in South Australia will be exacerbated by global environmental change. The Inquiry also found that current biodiversity laws are outdated and out of step with national and international laws and best practice. Lack of cohesion across fragmented legal instruments and inadequate enforcement provisions and compliance action were identified as key shortcomings of the current South Australian legislative framework for biodiversity.

This presentation examines the opportunities that the Anthropocene and the findings of the 2017 Inquiry present for reforming South Australian biodiversity law. It does so through the lens of the new global framing of human-environment relationships: ‘Nature’s Contribution to People’ developed by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The case-study of the Adelaide/Mount-Lofty Ranges NRM region informs key interactions in the relationships between human well-being and biodiversity. This also facilitates examination of implementation considerations.

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