Preparation for the impacts of climate change will be one of the most crucial pillars of policy making in South Australia, according to a new report released by the state’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA’s State of the Environment Report contains a number of key recommendations for the State Government, including measures to ensure air quality and waste management.
Environment Protection Authority Board Presiding Member Catherine Cooper said that the report assesses the state and condition of our major environmental resources and identifies significant trends in environmental quality, and shows that, while South Australia was doing reasonably well, in some areas there are serious challenges to be met.
“The Board is today formally handing the report to the Minister for Environment and Water the Hon David Speirs and making the report available to the South Australian community,” said Ms Cooper.
“Air pollution across most of the state is good most of the time, our inland water quality is generally stable, and the state’s coast and marine environment is generally quite good. But many of our native plant and animal species are in trouble and at risk of extinction.
“We have known for some time that many of our native plants and animals are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and climate change will only worsen that, progressively changing the landscape and the species that can survive here.
Other recommendations in the report include a review of how coast and sea levels are monitored, continuing to reduce waste and recover resources, and initiatives to safeguard the health of significant rivers and catchments.