Kakadu National Park Landscape Symposia Series 2007-2009. Symposium 5: Feral animal management, 3-4 December 2008

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2010

Internal Report 568
Jambrecina M (ed)
Supervising Scientist Division

About the report

The Feral Animal Management Symposium is the fifth and final in the series of symposia and workshops held by Kakadu National Park focused on agents of landscape change. Previous symposia have included an overview of landscape change, weed and fire management, and climate change. The Feral Animal Management Symposium was held at the Jabiru Youth Centre in Kakadu on 3-4 December 2008. The symposium was successful in bringing together researchers, practitioners, managers, planners and land owners involved in making decisions about feral animal management and implementing control programs. Over 80 participants attended from a wide range of stakeholders including government, commercial enterprises, academia, traditional owners, indigenous associations and indigenous ranger groups.

The aims of the symposium were to: share knowledge between all stakeholders; discuss the management implications from research outcomes; identify knowledge gaps in order to better direct research; and investigate opportunities for regional collaboration. Presentations brought participants up to date on the status of pest animals in the region, current control, monitoring and research activities, and future directions.

A workshop was held at the end of each day. The first workshop was an exercise to identify priority areas in Kakadu for the control of feral animals. Using local knowledge, participants mapped areas of high value. The second workshop was an opportunity for participants to reflect on the two days of presentations and discussions, and to identify key points for further discussion, action and research.

These proceedings are a compilation of papers from each of the presentations during the symposium. Many of the authors have also provided postscripts to update the reader on what has happened since the symposium was held. A summary of the key recommendations from the symposium and outcomes from the workshop are also presented.