Bellinger River Emydura (Emydura macquarii) Recovery Plan

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, July 2001
ISBN 0 731 36367 1

Foreword

The conservation of threatened species, populations and ecological communities is crucial for the maintenance of this State's unique biodiversity. In NSW, the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act) provides the framework to conserve and recover threatened species, populations and ecological communities through the preparation and implementation of recovery plans.

The preparation and implementation of recovery plans is identified by both the National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity and the draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy as a key strategy for the conservation of threatened flora and fauna. The object of a recovery plan is to document the research and management actions required to promote the recovery of a threatened species, population or ecological community and to ensure its ongoing viability in nature.

The TSC Act requires that the Director-General of National Parks and Wildlife prepare recovery plans for all species, populations and ecological communities listed as endangered or vulnerable on the TSC Act schedules. Similarly, the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) requires the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment ensure the preparation of a recovery plan for nationally listed species and communities or adopt plans prepared by others including those developed by state agencies. Both Acts include specific requirements for the matters to be addressed by recovery plans and the process for preparing recovery plans. This recovery plan has been prepared to satisfy both the requirements of the TSC Act and the EPBC Act.

This recovery plan describes our current understanding of the Bellinger River Emydura, documents the research and management actions undertaken to date, and identifies the actions required and parties responsible in addressing the conservation of the taxon in the wild.

Brian Gilligan
Director-General

Bob Debus MP
Minister for the Environment