Towards indices reporting on Australia’s threatened species – Introducing NESP Project 3.1

Organisers: Hugh Possingham, Elisa Bayraktarov

Interested conference participants should email organiser before registering.

Australian governments have invested many resources to recover threatened species, but these are limited mainly to species which are actively managed. Yet, there are more than 1700 species currently listed as threatened in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act list, most of which are not intensively managed. The burning question on how Australia’s threatened species are going remains uncertain due to a missing national reporting system. This project aims to provide an independent and credible index reporting on annual population changes in Australia’s threatened species. Therefore, we plan to assemble existing monitoring data and use these to trial, develop and evaluate a set of potential threatened species trend indices. Indices will allow for coherent and transparent reporting on changes in threatened species trends at national, state and regional levels, different taxa and environments, threats, and management types. Together with representatives from all Australian states and territories, NGOs (BirdLife Australia, Bush Heritage Australia, Australian Wildlife Conservancy), citizen science groups, and individual researchers, we have embarked on a grand plan towards the first independent reporting system on the state of Australia’s threatened species. This evening session aims to introduce the concept of threatened species indices and engage in an open discussion with conservation researchers.

This session will be followed by drinks/dinner for ~25 people at The Plough Inn, South Bank.

Location: Room P6 Date: July 7, 2016 Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm