Without adequate monitoring, it is impossible for us to know what is happening with our threatened species, whether any are at growing risk, or what actions
to take. Project 3.2 aims at designing better monitoring strategies for threatened species and improving how monitoring is implemented.
Researchers from Project 3.2 are currently undertaking a survey of Australian managers, professional practitioners and academics involved with threatened species monitoring to better understand the value, monitoring framework and decisions, challenges and key elements of effective threatened species monitoring in Australia. We are targeting professional practitioners from across Australia, representing all relevant federal, state and territory agencies, NGOs and other relevant institutions. Our intention is to get a representation across different organisations and different taxa, landscape and management levels.
If you are working as a researcher, manager or practitioner in a monitoring program for one or more threatened species, we would like to invite you to take part in the survey. Please note, our target audience does not include volunteers involved with threatened species monitoring. Completion of the survey should take 15-20 minutes of your time.
Information gathered in this questionnaire will be summarized into a scientific manuscript and a chapter in an edited book, and used to inform threatened species monitoring policy and practice. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. If you complete the survey you agree to having your responses used in our research, including in publications and reports. The survey opens 10th October and closes 7th November 2016.
More information on the project can be found here
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