Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council
About the strategy
The koala is an important part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage. The koala is suffering declines in some parts of Australia and management issues vary significantly from region to region. There is a clear need for a strategic approach to the conservation and management of koalas to maximise the effectiveness of conservation efforts.
The Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council endorsed the National Koala Conservation and Management Strategy 2009-14 on 5 November 2009.
The strategy aims to conserve koalas by retaining viable populations in the wild throughout their natural range. The strategy provides a national coordinating framework for plans and actions to conserve and manage koalas, many of which are already being undertaken by state and local governments. It will be coordinated by a cross-jurisdictional implementation team and regular engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including researchers, local governments, conservation groups and developers.
Ministers reported in detail at the Council meeting in April 2010 on how the strategy is being implemented and what practical results are being achieved on the ground.
Development of the strategy
The first National Koala Conservation Strategy was released in 1998, aiming to conserve koalas by retaining viable populations in the wild throughout their natural range. In 2006 the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council agreed to review the strategy. The full results of that review can be found in the Review of Progress in Implementing the 1998 National Koala Conservation Strategy. The principal finding of the review was that the aims and objectives of the strategy were sound, but required more effective implementation.
To address these findings, the National Koala Conservation and Management Strategy 2009-14 was drafted by a national koala conservation and management steering committee in consultation with koala researchers and managers, local government, other stakeholders and the general public. Public consultation on the draft strategy was conducted in June – August 2009.