Back From the Brink: Refining the Threatened Species Recovery Process

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Sally Stephens and Stephanie Maxwell (Editors)
Australian Nature Conservation Agency, 1996
ISBN 0 949 32469 8

Introduction - Back From The Brink

Australia has the world's worst record for mammal extinctions in the last 200 years. These extinctions serve as indicators to the changes that have occurred to the Australian landscape and to the unique flora and fauna that characterize this continent.

Conservation of native species and ecological communities threatened with extinction requires a concerted national approach. Without the commitment of the whole community, many native species and ecological communities will continue to be isolated, threatened by competition, predation and disease, and faced with eventual extinction.

The 'Recovery Process' provides a strategic response to the heightened recognition of the threats facing Australia's native species and ecological communities. It requires cooperation between the Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments, land managers, local communities and other interest groups. National overviews of the conservation status and needs of most groups of species have provided the basis to detailed Recovery plans. These plans detail the research and management required to restore threatened species and ecological communities to a secure status in the wild.

This publication is based on material presented at a conference held by the Commonwealth Endangered Species Advisory Committee in Sydney in December 1995 to review the operation of the recovery process. The conference provided a forum in which to learn from the experience of 100 invited participants in dealing with problems, finding solutions and producing results that benefit threatened species and ecological communities.