Journal article

Metrics of progress in the understanding and management of threats to Australian birds

ST Garnett, SHM Butchart, GB Baker, E Bayraktarov, KL Buchanan, AA Burbidge, ALM Chauvenet, L Christidis, G Ehmke, M Grace, DG Hoccom, SM Legge, I Leiper, DB Lindenmayer, RH Loyn, M Maron, P McDonald, P Menkhorst, HP Possingham, J Radford Show all

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Although evidence-based approaches have become commonplace for determining the success of conservation measures for the management of threatened taxa, there are no standard metrics for assessing progress in research or management. We developed 5 metrics to meet this need for threatened taxa and to quantify the need for further action and effective alleviation of threats. These metrics (research need, research achievement, management need, management achievement, and percent threat reduction) can be aggregated to examine trends for an individual taxon or for threats across multiple taxa. We tested the utility of these metrics by applying them to Australian threatened birds, which appears to b..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to all those who provided input into the assessment of threats and progress, including D. Bain, L. Baker, D. Baker-Gabb, P. Bell, A. Black, L. Bluff, H. Bower, A. Briggs, P. Buosi, T. Burnard, H. Campbell, N. Carlile, M. Christian, R. Clarke, S. Comer, A. Desmond, N. Dunlop, D. Egan, H. Ford, D. Geering, I. Gynther, J, Hardy, R. Heinsohn, M. Herring, B. Hill, F. Hill, R. Hill, M. Holdsworth, W. Houston, V. Hurley, R. Johnstone, M. Mathieson, P. Mawson, S. Murphy, M. Newman, L. Ortiz, C. Pavey, M. Pickett, D. Portelli, I. Radford, K. Ravich, M. Read, J. Schoenjahn, R. Seaton, J. Smith, J. Sommerfeld, D. Stewart, C. Surman, M. Todd, T. Vale, E. Vanderduys, T. Vigilante, S. Ward, M. Weston, and E. Woehler. We also thank the many managers who have been successfully applying management principles to Australian birds over many decades. This project was partially funded by the National Environment Science Program's Threatened Species Recovery Hub and Charles Darwin University.