Loss of biodiversity and ecosystem integrity following invasion by the Yellow Crazy Ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean

Advice to the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) on Amendments to the List of Key Threatening Processes under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
14 April 2010


Minister's Reasons for a Threat Abatement Plan decision. Date of decision - 14/04/2010:

The Threatened Species Scientific Committee reviewed its original recommendation regarding the requirement for a TAP in April 2010 and recommended that based on the current threat abatement actions and new proposals for whole of island biodiversity management for Christmas Island, the development of a Threat Abatement Plan (TAP) for the Key Threatening Process is not a feasible, effective and efficient way to abate the process at this time. The development of an additional TAP would duplicate current abatement actions. Current actions include the 'Action Plan for Invasive Ants on Christmas Island', and the 'Threat abatement plan to reduce the impacts of tramp ants on biodiversity in Australia and its territories'. In addition, the development of a specific new TAP at this time would interfere with the efforts being made by the Christmas Island Expert Working Group to improve the ongoing management of Christmas Island for the preservation of its biodiversity in general.