Threat abatement plan for the biological effects, including lethal toxic ingestion, caused by cane toads
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2011
Product code: BIO143.0311
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About the plan
The Threat abatement plan for the biological effects, including lethal toxic ingestion, caused by cane toads has three objectives:
- to identify priority native species and ecological communities at risk from the impact of cane toads;
- to reduce the impact of cane toads on populations of priority native species and ecological communities; and
- to communicate information about cane toads, their impacts and this TAP.
The TAP provides a national strategy to guide the investment and effort by the Australian Government, jurisdictions, research organisations and non-government organisations in abating the impacts of cane toads across their known and anticipated range.
The focus of this TAP will be the protection of key biodiversity assets based on a recently improved understanding of the impacts of cane toads. Research has demonstrated that these impacts are not generally as negative as may have been expected historically and that adaptation to cane toads can rapidly occur for some native species.
This new focus on protection of key assets will require the transfer of knowledge on the management of cane toad impacts, as well as support for community effort to limit those impacts.
Communication of scientific evidence regarding which species are at risk will be the key factor in this new approach to protecting biodiversity from cane toad impacts.