For over 30 years CAFNEC has been here to represent community concerns about our environment, helping the community have their voices heard and take action. CAFNEC was formed in 1981 by members of a number of local conservation groups. As a regional conservation council, we help coordinate action on important environment issues and a have a state and national platform for regional environment issues. As an environment centre we also provide a single, accessible contact point for conservation action in the region. Since 1981 CAFNEC has led, collaborated and supported scores of campaigns to advocate for our FNQ environment.
Our way of life in Far North Queensland is special, living side-by-side with the oldest living tropical rainforest, and the stunning Great Barrier Reef.
This year we want to hear from you. We want to know your experiences of living in Far North Queensland. To understand the challenges and the changes you have seen to our climate, and our way of life.
Here in Far North Qld we are set to see some of the most serious impacts of Climate Change and in some cases we already are. Coral bleaching, mass die offs of mammals, dead mangroves and heatwaves. Never has it been a better time for our community to stand strong for Climate Action.
We are at a pivotal point here in Tropical North Queensland. As the pandemic continues we are seeing the increasing impacts of climate change our natural environments and our communities are suffering. Found within the Green and Blue Economic Stimulus Package, our region has the answers and the opportunity to be better prepared and create a brighter future.
Many environmental laws, policies and legislation at all levels of government are flawed and do not serve the species and ecosystems they are designed to protect. As a conservation council CAFNEC participates in many consultation processes including facilitating, making and endorsing submissions.
Spectacled Flying Foxes are a keystone species for our World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest yet their population has dropped 80 to 85% in recent years. Our community has been tirelessly campaigning for their ongoing conservation despite the inaction of all levels of Government.