A draft implementation plan for Australia’s National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases is being prepared by the Australian Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer and seeks to mitigate the environmental biosecurity risk from exotic species.
The draft was prepared in August 2020 and sets out the major categories of work and their intended outcomes to mitigate the risk from the species listed on the National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases.
Overall, we strongly endorse the draft implementation plan for the National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases. The plan is clearly written and well rationalised.
The proposed work is essential for reducing the risks of incursions of harmful environmental invaders.
However, there are a few important gaps in the plan that need to be addressed.
Our submission to the draft plan contains 19 recommendations under the following topics:
- Costings and budget.
- Data platform.
- Invasion pathways.
- Risk assessments.
- Communications, engagement, reporting.
- Invasive ants.
- Identification of priority species.