NPA's founders shared a vision of a strong, well-managed system of national parks in NSW and beyond. This still forms a core part of our mission. Today, we run campaigns and education programs to support the management of our protected areas such as national parks, and to oppose uses or development of our reserves that undermine their conservation values.
National Parks, National Priority campaign
Our national parks are a legacy for the future, playing a vital role in conserving Australia's unique biodiversity, whilst also contributing substantial economic, cultural, social and health benefits. Our Federal Government is threatening the very foundations of our nation's long-standing conservation strategy, with mounting pressure to exploit national parks by threatening to allow grazing, logging, unsustainable tourism development, prospecting and motorised recreation in Australia's special wild places. We are currently working hard to convince our governments of the need to protect more of our natural heritage for future and present generations and to make national parks a national priority.
Visit www.npnp.org.au for more information on our National Parks, National Priority campaign and to take action.
Protecting our national parks
We campaign for good management of national parks and other protected areas, and oppose any use of our reserve system that undermines its conservation values. These uses include potentially damaging recreational activities, such as horse riding, and inappropriate exploitation, such as logging and grazing.
In 2014, NPA joined with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW to release our Vision for Nature Conservation to coincide with the World Parks Congress. We are calling on all governments to intensify efforts to halt the loss of wildlife and biodiversity by embracing this ambitious program. One of the document's key goals is to ensure the survival of all of NSW's terrestrial ecosystems in perpetuity by conserving at least 17% of the state in national parks, nature reserves and conservation areas by 2020.