8.6

Progress

25%

25% Complete.

Government approval of policy/process development.

That as part of a SREBA, a study be undertaken to determine if any threatened species are likely to be affected by the cumulative effects of vegetation and habitat loss, and if so, that there be ongoing monitoring of the populations of these species.

If monitoring reveals a decline in populations (compared with predevelopment baselines), management plans aimed at mitigating these declines must be developed and implemented.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2022.

Reform area
Safeguarding water and the environment
Project action
Collecting baseline data and informing regional management
Lead agency
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

Action item update

Implementation progress

The Framework for Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment: A guide to undertaking a Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment (SREBA) in the Northern Territory was released in July 2020 and can be found here PDF (39.7 MB).

Government has determined a SREBA is required for the Beetaloo sub-Basin.  The region-specific Scopes of Work for various baseline studies will be approved by the Minister for the Environment.

The Scope of Work for the terrestrial ecosystems components of the SREBA for the Beetaloo Sub-basin been approved by the Minister and the Scope of Work for the aquatic component is now ready for Ministerial approval.

Work in the Beetaloo Sub-basin will be undertaken in cooperation with the Commonwealth Government's Geological and Bioregional Assessment program, which has also funded additional ecological studies.  Preliminary mapping of regional ecosystems has been completed, along with targeted surveys for some threatened species.

The data collected during these ecological studies will be used to determine the likelihood of any cumulative effects of habitat loss on threatened species, and to design robust monitoring programs for these species. Field work is expected to commence mid-dry season 2021.