CIE Seminar Series – 2022: What is required to recover all of Australia’s threatened species, and how much will this cost?

SPEAKER: Dr April Reside, Lecturer, School of Agriculture & Food Sciences, The University of Queensland

DATE & TIME: Friday, 4th March 2022 @ 12noon.

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 822 3417 6488, Password: 53064174).

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Despite Australia’s high extinction record, threatened species recovery is inadequately funded compared to other nations. Further, Australia lacks an estimate of the budget required to turn this trajectory around.

Here we provide the first continental scale assessment of the actions and resources needed to achieve recovery of all threatened species across the nation. We estimate the scale of threat management that would benefit threatened species across Australia, and investigate how recovery actions compare in the number of species benefited, and extent they are required.

We developed 18 threat abatement strategies to address all the threats to 1,659 threatened terrestrial and freshwater species. Using mechanistic cost models, we costed out the implementation of these threat abatement strategies.

Managing weeds had the greatest total implementation cost, making up 69% of the total. The benefits from this set of threat abatement strategies extend far beyond the threatened species that need them, including jobs, benefit to the agricultural industry and carbon sequestration.


April is a lecturer in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland. She focusses on the conservation of threatened species, conservation planning and climate change adaptation. She also has a particular fondness for flying vertebrates.

April is the chair of the Black-throated Finch Recovery Team, and a member of Birdlife Australia’s Research and Conservation Committee, and Threatened Species Committee.

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