Compliance of Australian threatened species recovery plans with legislative requirements

Ortega-Argueta, Alejandro, Baxter, Greg and Hockings, Marc (2011) Compliance of Australian threatened species recovery plans with legislative requirements. Journal of Environmental Management, 92 8: 2054-2060. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.03.032

Author Ortega-Argueta, Alejandro
Baxter, Greg
Hockings, Marc
Title Compliance of Australian threatened species recovery plans with legislative requirements
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
Publication date 2011-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.03.032
Volume 92
Issue 8
Start page 2054
End page 2060
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Recovery plans are the main documents supporting management decision-making for threatened species. We evaluated Australian recovery plans to assess their appropriateness as conservation and management planning instruments. Six legislative requirements (species information and general requirements, species distribution and location, known and potential threats, objectives, performance criteria and actions, duration of the plan, and estimated costs of plan implementation) were used to assess the degree of compliance of recovery plans with the relevant legislation. We assessed all 236 official recovery plans which had been adopted as at January 2006. The results showed that plans were most compliant regarding the setting of objectives, performance criteria, recovery actions, and duration of plan. Most plans included a single performance criterion that was generally related to the population status of target species. Improvement is required in relation to identification of current threats and critical habitats, and the establishment of basic elements of monitoring and evaluation for measuring recovery progress. Gaps in ecological information are the main factors affecting adequate compliance with legislative requirements as opposed to managerial information (e.g. clarity in establishing the implementation schedule, costs and resource allocation). Planning deficiencies could be addressed by improving the recovery planning guidelines and more carefully reviewing the drafting and adoption of new plans.
Keyword Biodiversity conservation
Threatened species
Recovery planning
Policy evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 28 Jul 2011, 20:03:18 EST by Prof Marc Hockings on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management