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Paradise or Pit...

A proposed exploratory mining lease, that threatened vital rainforest habitat on Christmas Island, was recently rejected by the Federal Government.

Minister of Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, did not approve the exploration mining permit citing the significant and unacceptable impacts on the environment of Christmas Island, including impacts to the Endangered Abbott's Booby.

This decision is welcome news to the unique and amazing bird and wildlife of Christmas Island but only offers a short reprieve. BirdLife Australia has been working to build the case for an economically and sustainable just transition to an economy based on eco-tourism and away from mining.

Keep up the forward momentum. Sign-up to Act for Birds.

 
 
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The Galapagos of the Indian Ocean

 

Christmas Island is home to one of Australia's most unique ecosystems with 254 taxa found nowhere else, including 5 endemic bird species. The world-famous red crab migration, that David Attenborough rates in his top 10 wildlife experiences, occurs each year between October and December. Along with the amazing bird and animal life, Christmas Island boasts world class diving and top rated tropical beaches.

 
 
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A Birder's Paradise

 

Twenty three resident or breeding bird species (9 species of seabirds, 14 species of land birds) call the island home. The island provides the only nesting sites for two of the worlds' rarest seabirds, the Abbott's Booby and the Christmas Island Frigatebird. Both species require the tall rainforest canopy to breed, nest and raise their young. With low breeding success rates, any disturbances to the rainforest canopy could be catastrophic for these species and make protecting the remaining habitat all the more vital.

 
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Paradise Lost?

Christmas Island has already lost 80% of it's native mammals and reptiles to extinction and is the last refuge for the Abbott's Booby and Christmas Island Frigatebird.

Any disturbance to the rainforest canopy will lead to increased wind turbulence, threaten chicks and nests and open new tracts for the spread of invasive species. Help us ensure the birds of Christmas Island do not meet the same fate as the Island's reptiles and mammals.