Is Australia ready for assisted colonization? Policy changes required to facilitate translocations under climate change

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Burbidge, Andrew; Byrne, Margaret; Coates, David; Garnett, Stephen; Harris, Stephen; Hayward, Matt; Martin, Tara; McDonald-Madden, Eve; Mitchell, Nicola; Nally, Simon; Setterfield, Samantha


2011-12-12


Journal Article


Pacific Conservation Biology


17


3


259-269


Managed relocation (MR) has been proposed as one method of aiding species to adapt to the impacts of climate change. MR is a form of translocation and translocation protocols for threatened species, mostly for reintroduction, are well established in Australia. We evaluate the information available from implementation of translocations to understand how existing policies and guidelines should be varied to plan, review and regulate MR. While the risks associated with MR are potentially greater than those of reintroductions, MR is likely to be the only available method, other than germplasm storage and establishment of captive populations, of conserving many taxa under future climate change. MR may also be necessary to maintain ecosystem services, particularly where keystone species are affected. Modifications to existing procedures are required for preparing and approving ‘Translocation Proposals’, particularly in relation to risk management, genetic management, success criteria, moving associated species and community consultation. We conclude that consistent approaches by regulators and multilateral agreements between jurisdictions are urgently required to minimise duplication, to ensure the risk of MR is adequately assessed and to ensure the potential benefits of MR are realised.


Surrey Beatty & Sons


Pacific Conservation Biology


Managed relocation; assisted migration; translocation proposal; translocation risk assessment; translocation genetic management; translocation success criteria; translocating associated species


Ecological Impacts of Climate Change


http://pcb.murdoch.edu.au/toc/pcb_contents_v17.html#issue3


© Surrey Beatty and Sons Pty Ltd


EP111787


Journal article - Refereed


English


Burbidge, Andrew; Byrne, Margaret; Coates, David; Garnett, Stephen; Harris, Stephen; Hayward, Matt; Martin, Tara; McDonald-Madden, Eve; Mitchell, Nicola; Nally, Simon; Setterfield, Samantha. Is Australia ready for assisted colonization? Policy changes required to facilitate translocations under climate change. Pacific Conservation Biology. 2011; 17(3):259-269. http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/102044?index=1



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