Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi

Australian Government Department of the Environment, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-921733-93-2

About the plan

The Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi came into force on 31 January 2014. This national threat abatement plan (TAP) has been developed to address the key threatening process ‘Dieback caused by the root-rot fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi, which is listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

This TAP is considered to be a feasible, effective and efficient approach to abating the threat to Australia’s biodiversity from disease caused by P. cinnamomi. The goal of this TAP is to identify and protect environmental assets—threatened species and ecological communities listed under the EPBC Act and other matters of national environmental significance—from the impacts of P. cinnamomi.

This plan also integrates:

  • strategies to prevent P. cinnamomi spreading into areas that are free of disease
  • strategies to reduce the impacts in infested areas
  • recovery actions for the conservation of biodiversity assets currently being affected.

This plan should be read in conjunction with the document, Background: Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi (Department of the Environment, 2014). The background document provides information on the scope of the problem; the characteristics, biology and distribution of the pathogen; impacts on the environment and management practices.

The draft Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi was released for public consultation from 20 February 2013 to 20 May 2013. Altogether, 30 written submissions on the draft plan were received during the consultation period. Feedback from the submissions was taken into account in finalising the plan. A summary of the non-confidential submissions is available below.

The Department would like to thank all those who provided submissions on the draft plan.

The Threat abatement plan for dieback caused by the root-rot fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi (2001) was reviewed in 2005. A revised plan was disallowed by the Senate in November 2009. In response to the disallowance motion, the Minister agreed to develop a variation of the 2001 plan.

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