The use of Senate inquiries for threatened species conservation

Shumway, Nicole and Seabrook, Leonie (2015) The use of Senate inquiries for threatened species conservation. Ecological Management and Restoration, 16 3: 196-198. doi:10.1111/emr.12178

Author Shumway, Nicole
Seabrook, Leonie
Title The use of Senate inquiries for threatened species conservation
Journal name Ecological Management and Restoration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-7001
Publication date 2015-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/emr.12178
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 196
End page 198
Total pages 3
Place of publication Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Global biodiversity continues to decline at a steady rate, especially in Australia where 10% of the land mammal population has become extinct since European settlement. The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) list of threatened species is Australia's version of the IUCN red-list; however, not all species fit easily within the EPBC guidelines and criteria for listing. Recently, a high-profile Senate inquiry was used to bring about the listing of the koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, although it had previously been deemed ineligible for threatened species status. We are concerned that the use of Senate Inquiries will become more frequent now that a precedent has been set. We suggest they are not an appropriate means of threatened species conservation because they are politically topical, not necessarily based on expert opinion and do not carry any need for legislative response. Successful species conservation should be based on sound ecological knowledge embedded within a transparent and logical decision framework.
Keyword Conservation policy
Listing criteria
Phascolarctos cinereus
Senate inquiry
Threatened species
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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