Wet Tropics Recovery Teams to help model the nation

Kathryn Dryden
April 26, 2016

Wet Tropics Recovery Teams to help model the nation

One of the working groups participating in a larger collaborative meeting

Learnings from Wet Tropics Recovery teams are going to be used to help inform the Australian Government’s Best Practice Management Guidelines for Recovery teams across the nation. 

Learnings from a collaborative Recovery Team meeting in Innisfail earlier this month will be taken to a workshop in Melbourne this week.

Peter Latch is the Department of Environment’s Director of Terrestrial Species Conservation is leading the review and attended the Wet Tropics meeting earlier this month. He seeks to improve governance, monitoring and reporting mechanisms relating to recovery teams and action groups supporting threatened species such as the Mahogany Glider, Cassowary, Northern Bettong, Littoral Rainforest and Mabi Rainforest in the Wet Tropics.

Terrain NRM, invited Peter to Far North Queensland to participate in the workshop where representatives from five of the Wet Tropics recovery teams and action groups gathered.

Peter said, “It has been a really important day – an opportunity for me to hear from Recovery Teams first-hand about some of the issues they’re facing, and importantly some of the strategies they’ve got in place that we can use in developing the Best Practice Guidelines.”

Terrain’s Jacqui Richards played a key role in bringing the groups together. She said, “The workshop was a great success. Feedback tells us that it has helped participants understand the challenges facing other recovery teams. It also gave them a sense of validation and inspiration.”

Participants left with valuable information that will assist them with future planning. James Trezise from Australian Conservation Foundation provided insight into how to maximise the strength and power of Recovery plans to prevent future increases of impacts to threatened species and ecological communities. 

Actions which the participants felt were the most important ranged from re-engaging state departments, finding funding opportunities [philanthropic], forming collaborative partnerships, establishing guidelines for Recovery team governance, empowering Recovery plans to better protect habitat, improving research the collection of including baseline data and funding regional organisation and agencies to coordinate Recovery teams.

Jacqui said, “Participants would like to see more collaboration between Recovery Teams and better coordination and monitoring mechanisms. The strong message was better support for Recovery Teams is required to increase their capacity and ability to access funding and implement Recovery plans.”

Jacqui will be taking the information from the meeting down to a National Recovery team workshop in Melbourne Next week hosted by the Australian Government.

Representatives who attended the workshop in Innisfail were from Wet Tropics Management Authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Girringun, Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Government Department of Environment, Terrain NRM, Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation, Mamu, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, James Cook University, and Barron Catchment Group.