National recovery plan for the Downy Wattle (Acacia pubescens)

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Environment Australia, February 2003
ISBN 0 7313 6504 6

14. Community Education, Awareness and Involvement

14.1 Objective

To develop the awareness and involvement of the broader community in the species and its conservation.

14.2 Criteria

Stakeholders are informed about the species and involvement of stakeholders in conservation programs is increased.

14.3 Recovery Actions

14.3.1 Encourage community involvement

The community includes members of community groups (such as conservation groups, Catchment Management Boards, Bushcare groups) and private landholders as well as public authorities such as the NPWS and Councils. This action is designed to involve all interested parties in the conservation of the species, including those people outside of government. This shall include indigenous community groups. Involvement of public authorities may be required, at least initially, to co-ordinate and authorise any actions. Interested stakeholders will benefit from an increased knowledge about management of threatened species and the satisfaction of participating in a conservation program. The involvement of stakeholders will also advantage the species, as actions can be undertaken in areas where resources may be limited.

The community may become involved in a variety of programs, depending on the particulars of the site and the stakeholders concerned. A potential area of involvement of the community is in the implementation of threat and habitat management programs and the monitoring of their success, which is an action that public authorities must undertake (see 12.3.1). A monitoring sheet that can be used by community groups is included as appendix 4.

This action will be co-ordinated by relevant public authorities as determined by sections 11 and 12 of this plan.

14.3.2 Provide advice and assistance to private landholders

A number of significant sites occur on private land. The NPWS will liaise with interested private landholders of these sites, to identify actual and potential threats and to negotiate the implementation of on-ground works to mitigate or reduce threats. Where possible and appropriate, the NPWS will encourage landholders to enter into Voluntary Conservation Agreements (see action 11.3.3). The sites will also be monitored by the NPWS on a regular basis to assess the success of any onground works that have been implemented.

This action will be undertaken by the NPWS in conjunction with private landholders.