Environmental issues

Pests and weeds

Managing the impact of lantana on biodiversity: a national challenge

Lantana (Lantana camara) is one of the worst weeds in Australia and listed as a Weed of National Significance (WoNS). Given the threat posed by lantana to biodiversity, lantana has also been listed as a Key Threatening Process under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. The Office of Environment and Heritage and Biosecurity Queensland in conjunction with the National Lantana Management Group has developed a national Plan to Protect Environmental Assets from Lantana. Environmental assets are defined here as native species, populations, Regional Ecosystems and ecological communities. This Plan is part of the implementation of the WoNS Lantana (Lantana camara) Strategic Plan and establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia's response to Lantana camara (lantana) invasion in native ecosystems. It identifies the research, management and other actions needed to ensure the long-term survival of native species and ecological communities affected by the invasion of lantana.

The plan established national conservation priorities for the control of lantana, and is consistent with actions in the Australian Weeds Strategy which outlines the need for asset protection for the management of widespread weeds.

The main aim of the Lantana Plan is to minimise the impact of lantana on threatened native species and ecological communities and to prevent further species and ecological communities from becoming threatened, by:

  • developing a strategic framework for targeting lantana control to areas where the biodiversity benefits will be the greatest,
  • promoting best practice management,
  • monitoring the effectiveness of control programs in terms of the recovery of threatened biodiversity,
  • fostering community education, involvement and awareness, and
  • identifying and filling knowledge gaps where possible.

In NSW, site priorities from this lantana plan have been incorporated into the Biodiversity Priorities for Widespread Weeds. This site-led approach will ensure maximum benefit from the resources available for managing widespread weeds.

The national plan to protect environmental assets from lantana

In order to develop the Lantana Plan, two major steps were completed:

Page last updated: 11 August 2011