Theme 3.00

Monitoring and management

Improved monitoring and management of threatened species and threatened ecosystems, including the effectiveness of interventions, is essential to learn what conservation actions work best.

A better understanding of the current condition of ecosystems is the first step in this process.

This theme will focus on:

  • Improved reporting and information on threatened species and ecological communities
  • Better prediction of threatened species trajectories
  • Practical adaptive management for threatened species conservation and recovery programs improvement.
Related Projects

Developing a threatened species index

Project: 3.1
This project will develop and evaluate a set of indices that can provide reliable and robust measures of population trends across Australia’s threatened species. This will support more coherent and transparent reporting of changes in biodiversity across national, state and regional levels.

Improving threatened species monitoring

Project: 3.2
This project will aim to improve the design and implementation of cost-effective monitoring for threatened species. An extensive review of past and current approaches to threatened species monitoring will inform future monitoring programs. Case studies will be developed around monitoring approaches for a wide range of threatened species and new technologies (such as drones) will be explored.

Bioacoustic monitoring of breeding in glossy and red-tailed black-cockatoos

Project: 3.2.3
Breeding success is a key limiting factor in population recovery for the threatened glossy black-cockatoo and south-eastern red-tailed black-cockatoo. Monitoring is important to guide conservation actions, however these species are difficult to monitor using traditional methods. This project will develop novel bioacoustic methods to monitor breeding in these species.

Practical adaptive management to improve threatened species conservation programs

Project: 3.3
What makes effective adaptive management? And what are the key unifying attributes of successful and unsuccessful adaptive management? This project will develop case studies to support adaptive management and conservation, with an initial focus on the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum and the Malleefowl. A key part of this work will be to help the Department of Environment deliver on its commitments in the emergency actions component of the Threatened Species Strategy.

Adaptive Management for threatened mammals in the Victorian Central Highlands

Project: 3.3.2
Many species of mammals and birds are dependent on the Mountain Ash forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands, including the Critically Endangered Leadbeater’s Possum and Vulnerable Greater Glider. This project will use analysis of existing long-term monitoring data and new field-based experimental research and radio-tracking to strengthen the scientific evidence base of strategies to secure the longterm conservation of these and other species dependent on these forests.