The conservation problem
Adaptive management is a widely supported framework for conducting environmental management in the face of uncertainty. Challenges persist in putting this approach into practice, particularly in the case of conserving threatened species. Many threatened species recovery efforts fail because appropriate management actions are either not implemented, the outcomes of that management are inadequately monitored, or management is poorly informed and not as effective as it should be.
How this research is addressing the problem
This project will develop general guidelines and specific practical case studies that demonstrate how adaptive management techniques can be integrated into (and then significantly improve) conservation management.
The general guidelines will collate existing knowledge and experience in this field, and create a set of generic practical principles for implementing best practice adaptive management experiments.
Case studies include:
The case studies will showcase the value of adopting an adaptive management approach to threatened species management across and range of species and threats. These will provide a practical model for more widespread adoption in an array of threatened species recovery programs across various ecosystems Australia-wide.
What we aim to collectively achieve through the research
The overarching aim is to significantly improve threatened species outcomes by improving the quality and level of learning from adaptive management.
Outcomes will include:
This project involves the following subprojects:
Project 3.3.2 Adaptive Management for threatened mammals in the Victorian Central Highlands
Project 3.3.4 The conservation of Greater Glider populations in the Victorian Central Highlands
Project 3.3.5 Recovering malleefowl with adaptive management of feral predators
Project 3.3.6 Adaptive reintroduction strategies for the northern corroboree frog
Project 3.3.7 Mitigating and managing barriers to fish passage and improving river connectivity
More data to tackle threats to malleefowl
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Monitoring malleefowl on a massive scale