Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2005
About the background paper
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), provides a national framework for environment protection through a focus on protecting matters of national environmental significance and on the conservation of Australia's biodiversity. Migratory species listed under international agreements to which Australia is a party are identified as a matter of national environmental significance under the Act. To assist in the conservation of these species, the Act provides for the development of Wildlife Conservation Plans which set out the research and management actions necessary to support the survival of the species concerned.
This background paper provides information on migratory shorebirds, including the biological and ecological characteristics of the shorebirds covered by the Plan, their population status in Australia and throughout the Flyway and the range of actual and potential threats to them in Australia . The background paper also outlines existing programs and conservation measures for migratory shorebirds and their habitats in Australia.
The Wildlife Conservation Plan builds on existing measures to protect migratory shorebirds and the habitats important for their survival in Australia and throughout the Flyway. This is achieved through a range of activities including appropriate legislation and policy frameworks, research and monitoring programs, development and implementation of site management actions, and community education and awareness programs.
A number of tools/guidelines provide direction for implementation of the plan. Some of these tools have already been developed and others will be developed as part of the actions identified under the Plan.
This background paper provides supporting information for the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds.