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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.