About the plan
At the national level, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act) provides for the development and implementation of wildlife conservation plans. The Australian Government Department of the Environment, in consultation with interested stakeholders, has developed a Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds.
A wildlife conservation plan sets out the research and management actions necessary to support survival of one or more migratory, marine, conservation dependant or cetacean species listed under the EPBC Act, which are not considered endangered or vulnerable, but would benefit from a nationally coordinated approach to their conservation. This is the second Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds developed under the EPBC Act.
Australia is involved in a wide range of activities that promote the conservation of migratory shorebirds, both within Australia and across the East Asian - Australasian Flyway. This Plan recognises that there are a range of government agencies, non-government organisations, research groups, industry, community groups and volunteers that are contributing to these activities in Australia and that the successful implementation of the Plan relies on the continued involvement of these organisations and people.
This Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds outlines national activities to support migratory shorebird conservation initiatives and provides a strategic framework to ensure these activities plus future research and management actions are integrated and remain focused on the long-term survival of migratory shorebird populations and their habitats. The Plan outlines the statutory elements as legislated by the EPBC Act by addressing topics relevant to the conservation of migratory shorebirds, including a summary of Australia’s commitments under international conventions and agreements, and identification of important habitat.
This Plan must be reviewed every five years and will be reviewed in 2020.