Irenepharsus trypherus (Illawarra Irene) Recovery Plan

NSW Department of Environment and Conservation, 2005
ISBN: 1 7412 2145 5

11 Social and Economic Consequences

11.1 Social consequences

It is expected that the implementation of this recovery plan will have positive social impacts on the local communities and in particular the owners and managers of I. trypherus habitat. The implementation of recovery actions (including bush regeneration, site monitoring and surveys) will provide benefits to the environment and/or enhance the general well being of the community and individuals involved.

Increased awareness regarding the conservation of threatened species in a rural setting will encourage recognition amongst landholders of the value of remnant vegetation and the responsibility for habitat management. Personal and regular contact with landholders and local community groups is a key strategy to achieving this.

Negative social impacts are not envisaged as the implementation of the recovery plan is not expected to affect public land usage to any great extent, and modification of private land management patterns will only occur at the land managers discretion. Continued liaison with the local community, affected landholders and public authorities will address and minimise any unforeseen negative social impacts arising from the conservation of I. trypherus.

11.2 Economic consequences

The economic consequences of this recovery plan are those that are associated with its implementation. These include survey, monitoring, on-ground habitat management, research, community education and participation, establishment of an ex-situ seed collection and on-going coordination of the Illawarra Regional Threatened Flora Recovery Team. These costs will be off-set and minimised by:

  • Implementing a long-term strategic framework for managing the species and its habitat;
  • Maintaining accurate information on the distribution and status of sites; and
  • Adopting a cooperative approach to management where the relevant land managers and local community are actively involved; and
  • Seeking funds from external sources.

The improved environmental impact assessment that will result from mechanisms established in this recovery plan will assist consent and determining authorities to meet there statutory responsibilities. As these requirements already apply, the economic consequences of such improvements are not attributable to this recovery plan.