Still saving species

October 4, 2017

Threatened Species Recovery Team workshop - Wet TropicsThreatened Species Recovery Teams from across the Wet Tropics gathered to collaborate on new ways to save threatened species and ecological communities.

The diversity in altitude and climate means the Wet Tropics region is a biodiversity hot spot. It’s home to 139 threatened species, numerous endemic species, has significant cultural value to Traditional Owners. Because of the variation in climatic conditions and altitude, the Wet Tropics is anticipated to become a really important refuge for a number of species as the climate warms.

However, recovery teams and groups working to save species in the Wet Tropics face increasing challenges, like securing investment, engaging with funders and government, and resourcing.

Regional cross-team, collaborative strategies are the way forward in making sure we get the best on-ground outcomes for threatened species and ecological communities, while supporting each other as much as possible. This year’s Threatened Species Recovery Team workshop built on last year's pilot event and was a great chance to hear updates, share success stories, and develop new collaborations.

Workshop activities focused on developing collaborations and projects to deliver on the following five priority strategies:

  • Secure investment in Wet Tropics biodiversity through a regional, collaborative approach to marketing,
  • A regional approach to community and industry engagement for biodiversity outcomes,
  • Collaborative partnerships with the Tourism sector to increase engagement and awareness of threatened species,
  • Establishing networks and collaborative partnerships with researchers to inform research priorities and disseminate research outcomes,
  • Resourcing research to inform strategic actions through community based collaborative partnerships.

Also announced at the workshop was a small grants program that is available to recovery teams. The funding is administered by Terrain NRM and provided by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Thanks to all of the presenters for sharing their experience and knowledge, and to everyone for coming - we really applaud the determination and dedication of everyone working to save species.