This pathway presents actions for gathering information, prioritising threatened species and targeting hotspots in conservation efforts. This will require a coordinated and cross-sector approach for landscape scale conservation of species and habitats, including sea turtles and mammals. The work will include long-term monitoring and systematic surveys of species and ecosystems.
How was it identified?
Cape York has several hundred threatened species listed on state, national and international lists. This issue is voiced through the engagement work over several years on Cape York, and particularly through the delivery of the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance. Cape York NRM staff have also worked on threatened species for several years.
- Collate and analyse databases and information on species distribution and ecology.
- Develop and present climate models for species refugia.
- Work together to discuss the status, distribution and threats to species.
- Conduct surveys to discover or understand distributions of species (eg. Jardine River Turtle).
- Monitor species populations.
- Conduct workshops and projects to prioritise areas and species, involving people across sectors and specialties.
- Learn about the key areas and species to target, including cultural and social connections.
- Refine monitoring tools and techniques through shared learning.
- Exchange knowledge and identify values (eg. totems) of the species and ecosystems.
- Provide mapping services for documenting ecological knowledge, species locations and threats .
Trial recovery actions to learn what works for recovering populations
- Develop partnerships with research institutions and other sectors to implement threat abatement strategies.
- Conduct systematic reviews of specific ecological and conservation topics to inform management.
- Collaborate on grant writing among organisations and landholders to seek large investments for the protection of species and ecosystems.
- Implement targeted and integrated threatened species actions by:
- Bringing together experts and landholders
- Investing in long-term and clear projects
- Providing education, training and awareness raising, including citizen science