Identify and tackle threats to biodiversity
The Strategy supported a range of projects such as on-ground works to address known threats to biodiversity, research and monitoring of threatening processes associated with threatened species and research to improve ex-situ conservation measures for critically endangered species. Key projects contributed to:
- The development of the NSW Bitou Bush Strategy and Threat Abatement Plan
- The development of the Red Fox Threat Abatement Plan
- Enhancement of cooperative weed and pest control programs to protect species threatened by weeds and introduced animals in key areas of NSW.
- The development of Guideliens for Ecologically Sustainable Fire Management (Project 43.1). Many Australian plants have adapted to bushfires. However, the effect of fire on different species depends on how frequently the fires occur, and how hot they are when they burn. Some plants are unable to reproduce unless they are frequently burnt, while other species are killed by fire and will not be able to regenerate without a long enough gap between bushfires. If fire management practices do not take account of the needs of loca plants, biodiversity can be lost.
This project produced extensive fire management guidelines, showing decision-makers how fire can be used to conserve biodiversity in many ecosystems around NSW.
Page last updated: 11 April 2011