DPIPWE has finalised a biosecurity strategy to protect the Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area’s (TWWHA) Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) by reducing risk from invasive organisms.
The TWWHA Biosecurity Strategy 2021-2031 identifies seven goals to address biosecurity risks within the TWWHA, which covers almost a quarter of the land area of Tasmania and is recognised for its OUV and under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Convention.
The strategy aims to minimise these risks through leadership, planning, communication, documentation, training, education, research, compliance, co-ordination, and emergency response, by providing a framework for managing these activities and eliminating or mitigating the risks they present.
A key deliverable of the TWWHA 2016 Management Plan, the strategy has been shaped by a 2019 Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Environmental Aspect Risk Assessment, along with extensive stakeholder and public feedback.
The key principals include:
- Zero biosecurity risk is unattainable: It is acknowledged that eliminating biosecurity risk in the TWWHA is not possible, rather the Tasmanian Government aims to minimise risk as much as is feasible.
- Prevention is better than cure: Preventing the establishment of invasive organisms is far more cost-effective than eradication or ongoing management of established threats.
- Use a risk-based approach for management: Prioritisation of biosecurity management actions should take into account cost, likelihood of success and impact.
- Effective biosecurity should be informed: By monitoring and evaluation, leading to evidence-based adaptive management: Biosecurity management actions will be adapted according to their evaluated effectiveness.
- Biosecurity is a shared responsibility: Landholders, industry, government, visitors and the broader community all have a role to play in biosecurity. The Tasmanian Government recognises it has a leadership role but also acknowledges that a successful biosecurity system for the TWWHA relies on contribution by all stakeholders across a range of scales and land tenures.
- Whole-of-Government approach: The Tasmanian Government recognises that whilst a TWWHA biosecurity system will be led by DPIPWE, its success requires coordinated and cooperative input from all government departments and statutory land managers with a stake in biosecurity and/or the TWWHA.
- Long-term commitment: effective management of biosecurity relies on adequate resources and ongoing commitment by stakeholders to ensure that prevention and mitigation efforts are sustained.
Click here to view the TWWHA Biosecurity Strategy 2021-2031