The chill winds of climate change freeze funding for biodiversity's critical infrastructure-a personal view
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Pat Hutchings, 2012. "The chill winds of climate change freeze funding for biodiversity's critical infrastructure-a personal view", Science Under Siege: Zoology Under Threat, Peter Banks, Daniel Lunney, Chris Dickman
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Australia signed the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and Federal, State and Territory governments have accepted the need to conserve and manage Australia's unique biodiversity. It is argued that high priority is given to protecting vertebrates, while invertebrates, which constitute the majority of the fauna, are neglected. In part this is because the invertebrate fauna is largely undescribed. Funds for correcting this anamoly are declining, with fewer taxonomists available to do the work. While in principle governments support the need to document and manage Australia's biodiversity, this rarely translates into adequate funding. With climate change threatening Australia's biodiversity, the need for adequate funding for the conservation of Australia's invertebrates is more critical than ever.