Invasive species and pathogens pressure on the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia
Invasive plants, animals and pathogens pose a threat to Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage values.
A variety of invasive plant species have been recorded and are a problem in parts of the property. Management response to these invasive species includes implementation of Threat Abatement Plans for those listed as key threatening processes and pest management plans in national parks. Pest animals degrade the property’s values by predation or competition. Strategies to manage these pest animals are incorporated within the relevant national park management plans and statements, and implemented in cooperation with neighbours.
There are several introduced pathogens including Phytophthora cinnamomi, Amphibian Chytrid Fungus Disease, Psittacine Circoviral and Myrtle Rust. Management actions to address the threat of pathogens are, in part, dealt within the relevant national park management plans and statements. Given the nature of the property as a serial listing, it is difficult to impose biosecurity controls and manage the spread of pathogens without coordinated, landscape-scale measures. This threat is considered high.
Invasive species and pathogen pressure on the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
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