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Australia's National Parks under threat   
Friday, 24 May 2013

Produced by Graham Backhaus

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Experts are warning Australia's National Parks are facing a 'death by a thousand cuts'. As protections against grazing, hunting and logging within the parks relax, we are at risk of finding out first-hand just how fragile these eco-systems are, and why they desperately need protecting.

Governemnts in the eastern states have been relaxing the rules on the use of National Parks and a panel of scientists sees this as a major threat. They say our native biodiversity and even the survival of some species is at serioius risk from these changes. Changing weather patterns and years of inadequate resoucing and planning add to the problem. (Image flickr.com 320785276_737942c19e_b.jpg 766 × 1024 - 439k - jpgon Flickr)

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Professor Bill Laurance - Research Professor & Australian Laureate, Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University
Mr Euan Ritchie - Lecturer in Ecology, Deakin University 2010

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