Competition and land degradation by rabbits

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008

Threat abatement plan

About the plan

This threat abatement plan (TAP) establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia's response to the impacts of rabbits on biodiversity. It identifies the research, management and other actions needed to ensure the long-term maintenance of native species and ecological communities affected by competition and land degradation caused by rabbits. It replaces the threat abatement plan for feral rabbits published in 1999 (EA 1999a).

This plan should be read in conjunction with the publication Background document for the threat abatement plan for competition and land degradation by rabbits (DEWHA 2008). The background document provides information on rabbit characteristics, biology and distribution; impacts on environmental, economic, social and cultural values; and current management practices and measures.

Review status

The Minister for the Environment noted a review of the Threat abatement plan for competition and land degradation by rabbits on 2 April 2014. He agreed that a variation of the threat abatement plan be drafted to reflect the severe environmental impacts from rabbits; through direct browsing of native flora and competition with native animals for resources and indirectly by supporting populations of other pest species such as cats and foxes, as well as causing widespread losses to pastoral and agricultural production. The variation will refocus on reducing and maintaining low rabbit numbers in regional priority areas, the incorporation of economic models into plans; attempting to put the environmental benefits of rabbit control into monetary terms; including adaptive management; further input into the impact of rabbit control; researching the barriers to adoption of best practice control methods for rabbits; and a stronger focus on cross-tenure control programs.

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