Iconic species are those in which the community places a high value and has particular expectations for their conservation. By creating a separate management stream for iconic species, actions to secure these species can be highlighted and the proportion of NSW Government investment in iconic threatened species conservation can be made transparent. The objective for Iconic species is, ‘To secure the species in the wild in NSW for 100 years.’
Criteria for inclusion in the iconic stream are:
The species is highly regarded by the community. High regard is demonstrated by current and historical community interest and engagement in conservation of the species.
The species has special significance to local and/or indigenous communities.
A strategy for determining the final allocation to the Iconic stream has yet to be developed, however, a provisional list has been allocated based on internal consultation and four species have been selected for funding in 2012/13.
For the next three years, management of iconic will be guided by existing recovery plans. Actions, costs and timeframes from these recovery plans are being made more specific in line with site-managed species projects. In 2014, species projects for iconic species will be redeveloped along the same lines as species projects for site-managed species.
(4) Data-deficient species
Data-deficient species are those for which there is insufficient knowledge available on the ecology, distribution and/or management requirements to enable a site-managed species project to be developed. The objective for Data-deficient species is, ‘to address key knowledge gaps so they can be transferred to an alternative stream for management to ensure their security’.
Criteria for inclusion in the Data-deficient stream are:
There is insufficient information available on their distribution, ecology or threats facing them to enable them to be assigned to another stream.
The species is listed as Presumed Extinct under the TSC Act (1995) and/or has not been sighted in the wild for a large period of time.
How will data-deficient species be managed?
A species action statement that summarises key knowledge gaps for each Data-deficient species will be prepared and displayed on the OEH website. Researchers from organisations such as OEH, CSIRO and universities can contribute to addressing these gaps via targeted research projects. When the knowledge gap for a species has been addressed, the species will be moved to another stream, generally the site-managed species stream. If the species is moved to this stream, an expert panel will be convened for it and a species project developed.
If ‘presumed extinct’ species are rediscovered, key knowledge gaps will be identified and addressed so the species can be effectively managed. In some cases, ‘emergency actions’ may be required (see below) to prevent the loss of the species from NSW.
(5) Partnership species
Partnership species are those that have less than 10 per cent of their population/distribution occurring within NSW. The future security of these species is contingent on management that is occurring outside of NSW; therefore alternative jurisdictions are better placed to lead the recovery of these species. The objective for Partnership species is, ‘To secure important populations of the species occurring in NSW and to contribute to Commonwealth or other State and Territory’s recovery programs’.
Criteria for inclusion in the Partnership stream are:
The species has less than 10 per cent of its Australian population/distribution occurring in NSW.
The NSW Government is committed to developing management actions for key populations that occur in NSW (i.e. important to the security of the species in Australia), as well as actively participating in cross-jurisdictional recovery programs.
(6) Keep watch species
Keep watch species have been deemed to require no immediate intervention to ensure their long-term security in NSW; either because they are naturally rare and have few critical threats, they are well represented in conservation areas with few critical threats, or are known to be more abundant than was assumed when they were assessed for listing on the TSC Act (1995).
Criteria for inclusion in the Keep Watch stream are:
The species is predicted to have a >95 per cent probability of having a viable population in NSW in 100 years without any conservation management at this time.
How will ‘keep watch’ species be managed?
Keep Watch species will be a lower priority for investment in management, as there is unlikely to be significant benefit. However, OEH will have the capacity to collect information on new threats or changes to the abundance and distribution of these species if/when data become available. All available information on each species will be examined during a three-yearly program review.
Whenever evidence is presented that indicates a decline in the population or an intensification of threats, these species will immediately be re-allocated to the site-managed stream. Appropriate species will be recommended to the NSW Scientific Committee as potential candidates for removal from the TSC Act (1995).
Listed threatened species in RFA regions7 and within the NSW Threatened Species Program management streams
Listed threatened species in the North East RFA Region