Australia is being criticized for its lack of effective management of endangered species, according to a recent paper published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The paper says that most Australian conservation actions don't include the necessary pre-planned interventions that will actually save a species.
"In the vast majority of cases, we don't even do the monitoring," Professor David Lindenmayer, an ecologist at the Australian National University and one of the paper's authors, told Guardian Australia. "We roll out billion dollar environmental programs and don't even measure whether they are successful or not."
The study noted that out of 122 recovery plans in Australia, only five mentioned monitoring programs that included intervention measures aimed at preventing the species' extinction.