Public consultation for Classification of Wildlife in the NT

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The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) is inviting submissions from the public on the Classification of Wildlife in the Northern Territory.

The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) is inviting submissions from the public on the Classification of Wildlife in the Northern Territory.

The Classification of Wildlife, also known as the threatened species list, is periodically reviewed to ensure it is current. The Classification of Wildlife was last revised in 2012.

The NT Government has joined the Australian Government and other states and territories in adopting a Common Assessment Method (CAM) for identifying and classifying threatened species in Australia. The NT has started implementing this agreed method by reassessing the conservation status of many NT species.

The revision includes 12 additions and 11 removals from the NT Threatened Species list, as well as 16 changes of status level within the list.

These proposed changes include:

  • Increase the threatened category of six migratory bird species, where numbers arriving in Australia have declined due to degradation of their habitat in the northern hemisphere
  • To remove four mammal species from the threatened list that have been found to be more widespread than previously thought

You can have your say on proposed changes at depws.nt.gov.au/consultation.

The period of public consultation on the proposed NT Classification of Wildlife will be open until 24 February 2021.

Quotes by DEPWS Director Species Management, Tony Griffiths

“The NT Government has joined the Australian Government and other states and territories in adopting a Common Assessment Method for identifying and classifying threatened species in Australia.

“Regular revision of the NT threatened species list is necessary. Species listings are prone to change, either with a shift in status or as more information comes to hand.

“It is important that we correctly identify which species are threatened and to what degree. Through this process we can provide accurate advice to environmental impact assessment and approval processes on the likely impacts to threatened species.

“The Classification of Wildlife also allows us to prioritise and plan management actions and conservation programs to conserve threatened species.”

Media contact:
DEPWS Media Manager 0476 844 832

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