Organisational perspectives on threatened species monitoring

Robinson, Natasha M., Morgain, Rachel, Legge, Sarah, Scheele, Benjamin C., Lindenmayer, David B., Southwell, Darren M., Bennison, Kerrie, Benshemesch, Joe, Bickerton, Doug, Brooks, Lyndon, Carter, Oberon, Dickman, Chris, Ehmke, Glenn, Kanowski, John, Koleck, Jessica, Lintermans, Mark, Marsh, Helene, Oliver, Damon, Platridge, Rachel, Radford, Jim, Skroblin, Anja, Wayne, Adrian, and Woinarski, John C.Z. (2018) Organisational perspectives on threatened species monitoring. In: Legge, Sarah, Lindenmayer, David B., Robinson, Natasha M., Scheele, Benjamin C., Southwell, Darren M., and Wintle, Brendan A., (eds.) Monitoring Threatened Species and Ecological Communities. CSIRO, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 413-425.

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Abstract

Greater understanding of the issues, constraints and effective components of threatened species monitoring can be realised by sharing and consolidating the knowledge of managers and scientists engaged in such monitoring. This chapter collates the perspectives on monitoring of practitioners from government agencies, non-government organisations and universities involved with diverse monitoring programs of threatened species. Within and across organisational affiliations, it synthesises views on purpose, processes underpinning decisions and outcomes, and the strengths and constraints particular to threatened species monitoring programs. A commonly held view among all practitioners was that those directly involved with monitoring recognise its purpose, benefits and constraints, but others frequently do not understand or endorse these reasons. A synthesis of perspectives revealed that: (1) processes and decisions such as the selection of species to monitor are often influenced by external factors (e.g. funding, political priorities) as well as internal priorities; (2) a similar set of key components for good monitoring are recognised by all practitioners, but there are obstacles that prevent these components from being put into place; and (3) the strengths and constraints of monitoring programs specified by different practitioners are related to their organisational perspective. Overall, the essential ingredients for effective monitoring were identified as good design and methods, adequate resources,capable data management systems, integration with management, organisational support, effective communication and engagement with people. These components aligned with principles identified in Chapters 2 and 35. Understanding the issues, strengths and constraints faced by monitoring practitioners provides context for improving threatened species monitoring programs.

Item ID: 57781
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4863-0771-5
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 23:34
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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