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Dieback management issue based performance assessment. Attachment 1 in: Performance assessment of Phytophthora dieback management on lands vested in the Conservation Commission of Western Australia.

Hardy, G.E.St.J., Howard, K. and Beckwith Environmental Planning Pty Ltd, (2009) Dieback management issue based performance assessment. Attachment 1 in: Performance assessment of Phytophthora dieback management on lands vested in the Conservation Commission of Western Australia. Conservation Commission of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia.

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    Abstract

    Since the 1920’s and possibly earlier, Phytophthora dieback has had, and is continuing to have, a major impact on ecosystem function and health in the South West Botanical Province of Western Australia. Consequently, it is critical that the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and other environmental stakeholders continue to effectively manage Phytophthora dieback to ensure it does not spread into areas free of the disease, or to increase its impact in existing areas of infestation. The Conservation Commission of Western Australia retained the authors to conduct an assessment of Phytophthora dieback management in the State’s terrestrial conservation estate. This includes National Parks, conservation parks, nature reserves, State forests and timber reserves. This was to be done through the analysis of current legislation, regulations, policies and Phytophthora dieback management guidelines that apply to lands vested in the Conservation Commission. This includes the effectiveness of adaptive management procedures that have developed from common sense, experience, research, monitoring and the adjustment of practices based on what has been learnt. The analysis was to be evidence based, to include interviews with personnel involved with Phytophthora dieback and to include specific case studies (Fitzgerald River, Lesueur, Stirling Ranges and Wellington National Parks, with Alcoa Australia Ltd. included as an industry based case study). The case studies were to be used to determine the effectiveness of Phytophthora dieback management. The study was to indicate the strengths and weakness of current management and to make recommendations for further improvement based on the interviews and reviews of the existing legislative and Phytophthora management guidelines.

    Publication Type: Report
    Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management
    School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
    Publisher: Conservation Commission of Western Australia
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/4652
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