Project: 5.2

Improving assessments and policy for poorly-known threatened species

Project Leaders: Stephen Garnett, John Woinarski


Hundreds of thousands of Australian species are so poorly known that their risk of extinction cannot be determined. Currently, such species are offered no explicit conservation protection, even though some of these species are highly likely to be in danger of extinction. Research under this project aims to investigate and propose research, policy and legislative mechanisms to better protect these species from extinction. This project will also explore how new analytical approaches and expert elicitation can be used to predict which of these poorly-known species are likely to be the most threatened. 

Read more: Dealing with data deficiency   

Image: Calochilus holtzei by Dr Ian Cowie (NT Gov