Research and Adaptive Management Plans (RAMPs)
The Trust is developing Research and Adaptive Management Plans (RAMPs) for key threatened species within the Great Victoria Desert (GVD) to inform and guide research and on-ground land management actions for their conservation.
To date RAMPs have been drafted for the Sandhill Dunnart and the Malleefowl. To produce these plans the Trust held a series of workshops in November 2014 with scientific experts, not-for-profit organisations, industry representatives and government agencies. The workshop participants examined existing knowledge, identified gaps in that knowledge and outlined the threats and priorities for these species. Information from the workshops has been combined with existing literature and research to produce the RAMPs. Information from the Sandhill Dunnart workshop can be accessed here, whilst information from the Malleefowl workshop can be accessed here.
A workshop was also held for the Southern Marsupial Mole, however the species was subsequently de-listed as a Matter of National Environmental Significance (MNES) under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The species is still a species of focus for the Trust, but the Trust’s projects are initially being focussed on Malleefowl and Sandhill Dunnart.
Implementing the RAMPs
The Trust is currently planning the funding and implementation of research and on-ground land management activities, based on the recommendations outlined in the RAMPs, to help investigate and conserve these threatened species. These include surveys across the GVD for Sandhill Dunnart and Malleefowl to increase knowledge about their habitat preferences and distribution, as well as fire scar mapping to identify the extent to which late season wildfires, in particular, are impacting on threatened species habitat.
Page updated 14/07/2017