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Threatened Tasmanian Orchids Flora Recovery Plan


Swarts, N and Wapstra, M, Threatened Tasmanian Orchids Flora Recovery Plan, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Australia (2017) [Contract Report]

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This Plan is a revision of the Flora Recovery Plan: Threatened Tasmanian Orchids 2006–2010 (TTOFRP; TSS 2006) and provides a framework for the continued recovery of threatened orchid species, and for orchid conservation more generally in Tasmania. This revised Plan covers 77 species listed on the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995, and 40 that are also listed on the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This plan will be adopted for 36 of the 40 EPBC listed species.

Prior to the 2000s, Tasmania’s threatened orchids were managed largely on an ad hoc basis subject to funding and other priorities. The 2006–2010 TTOFRP provided a mechanism for a coordinated approach to recovery actions, meeting many broad and specific conservation management objectives for Tasmanian threatened orchids. This current Recovery Plan includes a review of progress under the 2006–2010 TTOFRP.

The long-term objectives of recovery are to minimise the risk of extinction in the wild to threatened orchids in Tasmania and to increase the likelihood of each species becoming self-maintaining through the staged implementation of recovery actions. A commitment to the management of threatened orchids beyond the life of this Plan is needed if long-term objectives are to be realised. This Plan seeks to address short-term management issues relating to specific orchid populations.

Specific recovery objectives for the threatened orchids in this Plan are listed below:

1. to maintain and/or increase the number of known subpopulations of each species;

2. to maintain and/or increase the number of individuals within subpopulations of each species;

3. to maintain and/or increase the extent, condition and security of habitat critical to survival of each species;

4. improve the management and prioritisation of recovery actions through a better understanding and resolution of Tasmanian orchid taxonomy;

5. conduct research into the life history, and biological and ecological requirements of threatened orchids in Tasmania to improve habitat management and mitigate intrinsic threats to orchid subpopulations;

6. better understand the impacts of disturbance on threatened orchids to improve habitat management and mitigate extrinsic threats to orchid subpopulations;

7. to establish and maintain a genetically representative ex situ collection of seed and mycorrhizal fungi of all species;

8. to successfully trial orchid translocation projects; and

9. to raise public awareness of orchid conservation issues, and develop mechanisms to encourage and coordinate community participation in orchid recovery programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:orchid, conservation, recovery planning, EPBC Act, TSP Act
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Swarts, N (Dr Nigel Swarts)
ID Code:127062
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2018-07-09
Last Modified:2018-07-09

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