National recovery plan for a sub-alpine herb (Gentiana baeuerlenii)

A Recovery Plan under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth), based on an Action Plan (Action Plan No. 5) prepared for the species under the ACT Nature Conservation Act 1980 (ACT).

6. Protection

The location where the species was found is in Namadgi National Park. Visitor access to the area is not encouraged and there will be no track development near the site. The site has been fenced to protect the area from damage by feral pigs.

7. Socio-economic Issues

There are no foreseen activities or land uses that are likely to conflict with achievement of the conservation objective. The one known location of the species is well within Namadgi National Park, and there are no potential adverse social or economic impacts that may result from the implementation of the plan.

The conservation and management of the G. is the responsibility of Environment ACT. Specific conservation measures, such as grass management, will be undertaken within funding provided to Environment ACT (ACT Parks and Conservation Service) for the management of Namadgi National Park.

8. Legislative Provisions

The following legislation is relevant to conservation of flora and fauna in the ACT:

Nature Conservation Act 1980 (ACT)

Parts 4 and 5 of the Nature Conservation Act protect native plants and animals. Section 21 of the Act authorises the declaration of vulnerable or endangered species and a threatening process.

Native plants and animals may be declared as protected (s. 17) or having special protection status (s. 16) in recognition of a particular conservation concern that warrants additional protection.

Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 (ACT)

The Land (Planning and Environment) Act is the primary authority for land planning and administration in the ACT. It establishes the Territory Plan and several of its provisions are relevant to the protection of flora and fauna. These include the reservation of Public Land, the establishment of a Heritage Places Register, and the undertaking of environmental assessments and inquiries.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth)

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the primary Commonwealth legislation for environment protection. Under the EPBC Act, an action will require approval from the (Commonwealth) Environment Minister if the action has, will have, or is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance. Nationally listed threatened species and ecological communities are matters of national environmental significance.