National mapping of the abundance of established, new and emerging pest animals to improve decision-making and the assessment of government investment programs: Part 1 – PEST ANIMALS

Lead researcher: Peter West, NSW Department of Primary Industries, peter.west@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Baseline information on the distribution and damage caused by pest animals is required to allocate resources to where they are most required and at strategic times. Data on the damage caused by pest animals is rarely available across broad landscapes and management agencies (and landholders) are largely reliant on information about the occurrence and numeric abundance of pests to guide management decisions and resourcing of on-ground pest control. Information on the extent and abundance of pest animals is also used to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, programs and decision-making.

This project aimed to directly address the need for improved information on significant pest animal species at the national-level through 4 objectives:

  1. To implement nationally endorsed monitoring protocols (at a finer-scale) to collect, collate and report information for established, new and emerging pest animal species throughout Australia (to complement existing national-scale datasets and information products).
  1. To develop improved Australia-wide datasets for national priority pest animals for monitoring, evaluation, reporting and program improvement (MERI).
  1. To centralise datasets for all species and produce consistent information products for all relevant regional, state/territory and national levels
  1. To deliver information products to relevant agencies, land managers and the community via government data libraries, portals, and stakeholder websites.

This project was funded under the Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
For more APARP projects, visit: www.pestsmart.org.au/australian-pest-animal-research-program/

Secondary title APARP Report
Author Peter West
Year 2011
Publisher NSW Department of Primary Industries
Pages 63
Region Australia - national
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