The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012

The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012


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The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012 by John Woinarski, Andrew Burbidge, Peter Harrison

The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012 is the first review to assess the conservation status of all Australian mammals. It complements The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010, and, although the number of Australian mammal taxa is marginally fewer than for birds, the proportion of endemic, extinct and threatened mammal taxa is far greater. These authoritative reviews represent an important foundation for understanding the current status, fate and future of the nature of Australia.

This book considers all species and subspecies of Australian mammals, including those of external territories and territorial seas. For all the mammal taxa (about 300 species and subspecies) considered Extinct, Threatened, Near Threatened or Data Deficient, the size and trend of their population is presented along with information on geographic range and trend, and relevant biological and ecological data. The book also presents the current conservation status of each taxon under Australian legislation, what additional information is needed for managers, and the required management actions. Recovery plans, where they exist, are evaluated.

The voluntary participation of more than 200 mammal experts has ensured that the conservation status and information are as accurate as possible, and allowed considerable unpublished data to be included. All accounts include maps based on the latest data from Australian state and territory agencies, from published scientific literature and other sources.

The Action Plan concludes that 29 Australian mammal species have become extinct and 63 species are threatened and require urgent conservation action. However, it also shows that, where guided by sound knowledge, management capability and resourcing, and longer-term commitment, there have been some notable conservation success stories, and some species have greatly improved conservation status over the past few decades.

The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012 makes a major contribution to the conservation of a wonderful legacy that is a significant part of Australia’s heritage. For such a legacy to endure, local society must be more aware of and empathetic with the distinctively Australian environment, and particularly its marvelous mammal fauna; relevant information must be readily accessible; environmental policy and law must be based on sound evidence; those with responsibility for environmental management must be aware of what priority actions they should take; the urgency for action (and consequences of inaction) must be clear; and the opportunity for hope and success must be recognized. It is in this spirit that this account is offered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780643108738
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Pages: 1056
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.90(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

John Woinarski is an Australian ecologist with a particular interest in, and concern for, threatened species and their insecure proximity to extinction. He has published widely on research, policy and management, with particular focus on Australian birds and mammals. He is co-author of the authoritative Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012.

Andrew Burbidge worked as a research scientist and manager in Western Australian government conservation departments. He is currently chair of the Western Australian Threatened Species Scientific Committee.

Peter Harrison has worked as a marine ecologist for more than 30 years and is Professor and Director of the Marine Ecology Research Centre at Southern Cross University.

Table of Contents

About the authors
1. Introduction
2. A list of native Australian mammal species and subspecies
3. Evaluation of taxa that have been translocated to ‘mainland islands’ and continental islands
4. Status assigned to every Australian mammal species and subspecies
5. Taxon conservation summaries
6. Analysis: the status and trends of Australian mammals
7. Conclusions
Appendix A. Accounts for taxa that were Not Evaluated
Appendix B. Calculation of taxonomic distinctiveness

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