Australia’s Threatened Species Strategy, plus $6.6 million funding

Dr. Mark Carey,
Department of the Environment, Government of Australia


Threatened Species Strategy

Threatened Species Strategy (Click the image above to read it)

The Australian Government Minister for the Environment launched the Threatened Species Strategy and announced $6.6 million dollars for threatened species projects.

Australia is a country rich in unique plants and animals. They are core to our identity, culturally significant to Indigenous peoples, important to the health of our environment and a strong contributor to our economy. Our distinctive plants and animals are a gift and ours to protect.

The Australian Government has established a new national approach to threatened species. The Threatened Species Strategy is a plan for how we will prioritise effort and work in partnership with the community and state and territory governments over the next five years.

The Strategy sets out a road map and highlights how our approach of science, action and partnership can be used to achieve the long-term goal of reversing species declines and supporting species recovery.

Action Plan 2015-16

The Action Plan 2015-16 is the first instalment of a five-year Australian Government response to the risk of species extinction.

Based on principles for prioritisation outlined in the Strategy, the best available knowledge and technology, and the immediate needs of Australia’s threatened species, this plan sets out areas where the Australian Government will focus its efforts to achieve significant, positive impacts.

The plan includes key action areas and targets to measure success. It is flexible and adaptive and will be monitored and reviewed annually by the Department of the Environment in consultation with delivery partners.

It starts now, with hard and measurable targets from year one onwards.

The Action Plan 2015-16 identifies 10 threatened mammals and 10 threatened birds for action that will grow their populations by 2020. A further two mammals and two birds have been identified for emergency intervention. They were recognised as a priority by the Office of the Threatened Species Commissioner in response to expert input and consultation with the scientific community, and through consideration against the principles for prioritisation in the Threatened Species Strategy. The remaining eight mammals and eight birds will be identified in one year through community consultation You can read about the initial list of mammals and birds here:

Taking immediate action together to halt species declines

We all have a role to play in recovering Australia’s threatened species. It’s a task that relies on multiple partners, including federal, state and territory governments, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and communities. By working together and pooling our efforts, we can be more effective and achieve long lasting outcomes in protecting and recovering Australia’s unique and diverse species.

The Australian Government is partnering with states and territories to deliver $6.6 million for threatened species projects that will contribute to the targets and action areas identified in the Threatened Species Strategy. The projects focus on tackling feral cats, improving habitat, creating safe havens and intervening in emergencies to protect our rare and remarkable animals and plants.


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