Minister Ley speech at the G7 Climate and Environment Ministerial Meeting

21 May 2021

Australia is building climate resilience through practical actions to adapt and manage risks, and protect communities, lives and livelihoods.  

We are developing a National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy to provide a clear and practical pathway forward for our communities and economy in a changing climate.  

We are establishing- The Australian Climate Service – a $210 million world class, science-based capability to help us anticipate, manage and adapt to climate impacts now and into the future. 

We are actively participating in negotiations to achieve an ambitious yet focussed post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which we hope will be agreed this year.   

We recognise the important link between the climate and oceans, and the urgent need to protect marine ecosystems.   

Australia is investing an additional $100 million through our Oceans Leadership Package announced last month.

It will deliver cleaner beaches, reduce fisheries bycatch, increase fish stocks, protect turtles and seabirds, and support coastal and Indigenous communities reliant on the ocean for their livelihoods.

We are establishing two new Australian Marine Parks, covering up to 740,000 square kilometres around the waters of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

This will lift the percentage of protected Australian waters from 37 to 45 per cent, part of our commitment to play a leading role in protecting our ocean.  

The oceans and climate are inextricably linked. 

This package will restore and account for blue carbon ecosystems, such as seagrass and mangroves, that absorb carbon dioxide, supporting Australia’s efforts to tackle climate change and deliver real world outcomes, both domestically and internationally.

Further, we affirm our resolute commitment to tackle illegal wildlife trade and to address the immeasurable impact it has on biodiversity and our native wildlife. We also express our support for an ambitious food loss and waste agenda.   

Thank you.