Guidelines for the translocation of threatened plants in Australia, Third Edition

Date: 12, Nov, 2018
Author(s):   Eds: L. E. Commander, D. J. Coates, L. Broadhurst, C. A. Offord, R. O. Makinson, M. Matthes. Authors: Tony Auld, Linda Beaumont, Andrew Benwell, Doug Bickerton, Linda Broadhurst, Margaret Byrne, David Coates, Lucy Commander, Rebecca Dillon, Nathan Emery, Marc Freestone, Rachael Gallagher, Frances Greeshaw, Nola Hancock, Manfred Jusaitis, R. O. (Bob) Makinson, Maria Matthes, Leonie Monks, Joslin L. Moore, Steve Mueck, Simon Nally, Tom North, Cathy Offord, Mark Ooi, Noushka Reiter, Jen Silcock
Publisher: Australian Network for Plant Conservation

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The main objectives of these guidelines are to:

• demonstrate that translocation is not a simple solution to the dilemma facing many threatened plants, and to minimise the occurrence of inappropriate translocations;

• highlight that translocation may be an expensive and time-consuming process that should be under early and continued consideration in recovery planning (it should not remain un-scoped until the situation is already critical), but implemented only with caution as a counter to anticipated or actual declines that cannot be countered by other means; it should be used when necessary to maximise the persistence of a population or taxon in the wild: translocations are optimally a supplement, not an alternative, to in situ conservation;

• provide guidance on how to decide whether translocation should, or should not, be implemented;

• provide guidance to evaluate and improve the success of translocation projects;

• provide information to assist in the development of comprehensive translocation proposals;

• highlight the need, and provide guidance for discussion between conservation agencies, regulatory agencies, researchers, botanic gardens and the broader community prior to and during a translocation project; and

• emphasise that translocation should be conducted under the guidance of a recovery team or similar team that brings together the necessary expertise and key stakeholders to improve the likelihood of success.