In Australia, pest animals have major economic, environmental and social impacts. They cause significant damage to agricultural industries and create severe land degradation. Many vertebrate pests prey on native animals, compete for or destroy their habitat, and generally threaten the survival of many of Australia’s animals and plants.
Vertebrate pest management is an integral part of the sustainable management of natural resources for the benefit of the economy, the environment, human health and amenity as identified in the Australian Pest Animal Strategy, 2007.
In response to a perceived reduction in appropriate vertebrate pest management training over the past decade — which is impacting on the capacity of agencies to appropriately manage the damage these animals cause — the Training Working Group of the former Vertebrate Pests Committee (VPC) initiated this scoping study into past and present pest animal training and capacity building. The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) provided funding for this study through its Education program.
The study has identified significant variation in the content and modes of delivery of vertebrate pest management training across Australia.
|Author||Malcolm Brown and Carolyn Munckton|
|Publisher||Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre|
|Institution||Invasive Animals CRC|