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Consultation on SA Threatened Species Schedule Updates

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 22, 2019

You are invited to provide comment on proposed changes to the conservation status of species listed in Threatened Species Schedules 7, 8 and 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

The proposed changes to the Threatened Species Schedules include 65 changes in status including:

  • 30 species listed for the first time
  • 15 species up-listed to a more threatened category
  • 5 species down-listed to a less threatened category
  • 15 species to be de-listed from the Schedules
  • Amendments are also proposed for changes to the names of 79 plant and 138 animal species and/or the families they are classified within to reflect updates the taxonomy and/or nomenclature since the last update of the Schedules.

    More information can be found on the Department’s website here and a full list of the updates is included in the attached consultation document. Your responses will help to update the conservation status listing of threatened plants and animals in South Australia and ensure that conservation efforts are appropriately directed. Suggestions for priority assessments of species not listed here will also be considered for inclusion in the ongoing assessments work plan.

    Comments relating to the eligibility of these species for the recommended status classifications and criteria, together with additional information relevant to the assessments, should be sent to:

    DEW.ThreatenedSpecies_Schedules@sa.gov.au.

    Comments will be accepted until 16 August 2019.

    Yours sincerely,

    Conservation and Threatened Species Unit
    Conservation and Wildlife Branch | National Parks and Wildlife
    Department for Environment and Water

    Amendments to the Status of Threatened Species in South Australia Amendments to the Status of Threatened Species in South Australia (1572 KB)

    Wanted: Volunteer Key Biodiversity Area Guardians for South Australia’s nature hotspots

    Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, July 11, 2019

    What is a KBA?

    South Australia has many areas of outstanding natural beauty. Some of these areas are home to globally important populations of threatened species and have been internationally recognised as Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). Through their link with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, KBAs inform and direct the conservation efforts and funding of governments and NGOs.

    What does a KBA-Guardian do?

    BirdLife Australia runs a KBA-Guardian program to grow and support conservation work in KBAs by individuals and groups. In South Australia 31 of 39 KBAs are still in need of a KBA Guardian (see Map below).

    The KBA-Guardian role can very much complement and benefit the work of ‘Friends of Parks Groups’.

    This is what being a KBA-Guardian entails:

    - Completion of an annual ‘KBA Easter Health-check’ which summarizes the threats, monitoring and conservation efforts in a nationally and internationally comparable format. The time required for that is between 2-10 hrs per year.

    All other KBA-Guardian activities are optional and are really driven by the KBA-Guardian’s skills and interests and the needs of the KBA. Volunteer KBA-Guardians and Guardian groups around the country engage in structured bird monitoring, tree planting, creating signage, info material even a calendar, conservation advocacy and submissions to planning processes at various levels of government and frequently close collaboration with National Parks and other government agencies.

    How can KBAs work for Friends of Parks Groups?

    Much of what Friends of Parks Groups do is of course aligned very much with the conservation work KBAs need. So, engagement with KBAs adds little extra work to what friends groups do but can help them refine and achieve their conservation goals. Existing Guardians have been using KBAs and their global recognition to:

    - Raise funds and add to funding applications

    - Increase awareness for importance of their work

    - Take a second look at the area they work in

    - Create interest for their work with Government agencies

    - Engage landholders

    - Report on their work

    - National and international bench marking of their work

    How can I or my Friends group become a KBA-Guardian?

    If you are interested and want to know more about becoming a KBA-Guardian please get in touch with BirdLife Australia’s KBA Program Leader Golo Maurer on 0467 444 114 or kba@birdlife.org.au

    Map # Name Availability
    1 Simpson Desert Available
    2 Goyder Lagoon Available
    3 Granite Downs Taken
    4 Coongie Lakes Taken
    5 Lake Eyre Available
    6 Strzelecki Desert Lakes Available
    7 Bulgunnia Available
    8 Mount Lyndhurst Available
    9 Gammon Ranges & Arkaroola Available
    10 Lake Torrens Available
    11 Flinders Ranges Available
    12 Boolcoomatta, Bindarrah & Kalkaroo Stations Available
    13 Tourville & Murat Bays Available
    14 Nuyts Archipelago Available
    15 Gawler Ranges Available
    16 Seagull Lake (Eyre Peninsula) Available
    17 Venus Bay Available
    18 Spencer Gulf Available
    19 Lake Newland Available
    20 Riverland Mallee Taken
    21 Investigator Islands Available
    22 Goose Island (Spencer Gulf) Available
    23 Coffin Bay Available
    24 Sir Joseph Banks Islands Available
    25 Gulf St Vincent Taken
    26 Billiatt Taken
    27 Peebinga Available
    28 Troubridge Island Available
    29 Wedge Island Available
    30 Southern Yorke Peninsula Taken
    31 Lakes Alexandrina & Albert Taken
    32 Wyperfeld, Big Desert & Ngarkat Available
    33 Kangaroo Island Taken
    34 Coorong Available
    35 Gum Lagoon Available
    36 Watervalley Wetlands Available
    37 Lake Hawdon System Available
    38 Discovery Bay to Piccaninnie Ponds Taken
    39 Arcoona Lakes Available

    KBA map 2019 KBA map 2019 (1490 KB)

    Environmental Science 2019

    Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    Meetings International welcomes all the participants from all over the world to attend 5th World Congress on Environmental Science scheduled in Toronto, Canada during August 19-20, 2019.

    The point of Environmental Science 2019 is to unite Scientists, Researchers, teachers, Business delegates, students and research associates to tell about their experience and knowledge and also about the research they are working on. 

    The main theme of the conference is INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES.

    Registration: https://www.americanmeetings.net/conferences/environment/registration

    Environmental Science 2019 conference abstract submission link - https://www.americanmeetings.net/conferences/environment/abstract-submission

    Website: https://www.americanmeetings.net/conferences/environment


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