Most endangered species are not monitored | Liverpool City Champion
Most of Australia’s endangered species are not monitored and no effort is made to determine if rescue plans are working, according to a new audit.
Australia’s National Audit Office has offered a scathing assessment of the federal government’s efforts to save endangered plants and animals from extinction.
He said the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Environment lacked measurement and reporting systems to provide reliable information on the status of endangered species.
It also lacked systems to monitor and report on species conservation efforts.
“There is limited evidence that the desired results are achieved,” he said.
“There is no measuring, monitoring or reporting on progress, or on the contribution of listing assessments, conservation advice, recovery plans and threat reduction plans to desired outcomes.
“Available information indicates that the status of threatened species is declining.”
Conservation groups say the audit is full of alarming findings, including an explosion in the time it takes for species of concern to be officially listed as deserving of protection under the Wildlife Conservation Act. environment and biodiversity conservation.
“Only 2% of species recovery plans have been completed within regulatory deadlines since 2013,” says Sophie Power of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
“The average time it took to complete a species recovery plan was 2,355 days, or more than six years.”
She said it was particularly alarming to know that even when stimulus packages are in place, no one is reporting on their effectiveness.
“The EPBC Act requires stimulus plans to be reviewed within five years, but of the 77 stimulus plans due for a first five-year review between 2016 and 2021, none were reviewed within the regulatory timeframes. .”
Alexia Wellbelove of the Humane Society International says the failure to monitor the status of most endangered species is extremely concerning.
“This should be groundwork for the department and speaks to the need for a thorough review of how threatened cases are handled under the law, once listed to ensure their recovery.”
The AAP has sought comments from Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley.
The ministry has accepted all six recommendations from the audit, including putting in place a system to ensure conservation advice, recovery plans and threat reduction plans are reviewed and updated .
It is also committed to ensuring that the objectives and actions of these plans are actually achieved.
Australian Associated Press