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Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 No 63
Current version for 1 July 2019 to date (accessed 18 November 2019 at 17:44)
Biodiversity Conservation Program for threatened species and threatened ecological communities
Establishment of Program
The Environment Agency Head is to establish a Biodiversity Conservation Program.The Program’s objectives are:to maximise the long-term security of threatened species and threatened ecological communities in nature, andto minimise the impacts of key threatening processes on biodiversity and ecological integrity.
Content of Program
The Biodiversity Conservation Program is to consist of the following:strategies to achieve the objectives of the Program in relation to each threatened species and threatened ecological community,a framework to guide the setting of priorities for implementing the strategies,a process for monitoring and reporting on the overall outcomes and effectiveness of the Program.Strategies to minimise the impacts of key threatening processes may but are not required to be included in the Program.The Environment Agency Head is to ensure that a strategy to achieve the objectives of the Program in relation to a threatened species or threatened ecological community is included in the Program within 2 years after the species or ecological community is listed in this Act.The Environment Agency Head may amend or replace a strategy or other component of the Program at any time.Part 9 requires public consultation in relation to a strategy included in the Program and the keeping of a public register of the strategies included in the Program.
Review of Program
The Environment Agency Head is to review the outcomes and effectiveness of the Biodiversity Conservation Program every 5 years after the establishment of the Program.The Environment Agency Head is to prepare a report of the review and publish the report on a government website maintained by the Environment Agency Head.