Land clearance in Queensland and its impact (work in progress)

Last Modified: Fri Oct 06 2017 09:52:37 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 296,000 hectares
    Area of bushland cleared in 2013-14 – three times as much as in 2008-09 – mainly for conversion to pastures.
  • 35%
    Percentage of land cleared was in catchment areas that drain into the Great Barrier Reef. The loss of native vegetation cover in such regions is one of the major drivers of the deteriorating water quality in the reef’s lagoon, which threatens seagrass, coral reefs, and other marine ecosystems.
  • 63 million tonnes
    Carbon emissions released due to land clearance during the period of 2012-14. This is far more than what was purchased from Australian government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) during this same period.
  • 40,000 hectares
    Area of koala habitat as well as over 200 other threatened species, that has been estimated to be wiped out due to land clearing between 2012 and 2014. Clearing, along with drought (which is also made worse by clearing), is the major cause of an 50% decline in koalas of south-west and central Queensland since 1996.