Journal article

Continental-scale assessment reveals inadequate monitoring for threatened vertebrates in a megadiverse country

BC Scheele, S Legge, W Blanchard, S Garnett, H Geyle, G Gillespie, P Harrison, D Lindenmayer, M Lintermans, N Robinson, J Woinarski

Biological Conservation | Elsevier | Published : 2019

Abstract

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Monitoring threatened species is essential for quantifying population trends, understanding causes of species' declines, and guiding the development and assessment of effective recovery actions. Here, we provide a systematic, continental-scale evaluation of the extent and quality of monitoring for threatened species, focussing on terrestrial and freshwater vertebrates in Australia. We found marked inadequacies: one in four threatened taxa are not monitored at all; for taxa that are monitored, monitoring quality, as assessed across nine metrics, was generally low. Higher quality monitoring was associated with policy recognition, in the form of species recovery plans, and f..

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This research was funded by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program through the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. We thank everyone who helped compile monitoring information. In particular, the Australian Society for Fish Biology Threatened Fish Committee and Wayne Robinson helped undertake the fish assessment. BirdLife Australia and its members, plus numerous experts, provided information on birds. Andrew Burbidge and many other experts contributed to the mammal assessment.