A process is defined as a key threatening process if it threatens or may threaten the survival, abundance or evolutionary development of a native species or ecological community (for example predation by the European Red Fox).
A process can be listed as a key threatening process if it could: cause a native species or ecological community to become eligible for adding to a threatened list (other than conservation dependent), or cause an already listed threatened species or threatened ecological community to become more endangered, or if it adversely affects two or more listed threatened species or threatened ecological communities.
The assessment of a threatening process as a key threatening process is the first step to addressing the impact of a particular threat under Commonwealth law. Once a threatening process is listed under the EPBC Act a Threat Abatement Plan can be put into place if it is proven to be ‘a feasible, effective and efficient way’ to abate the threatening process.
|Author||Department of the Environment and Water Resources|
|Publisher||Department of the Environment and Water Resources|
|Region||Australia - national|