2014 TAP for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi now in force

The Australian Government’s 2014 “Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi” came into force on the 31st of January 2014. The development of the new TAP was informed by a review and evaluation of the 2001 TAP and the contributions of many stakeholders.

The goal of the 2014 TAP is to minimise the impacts of Phytophthora cinnamomi on matters of national environment significance, under the EPBC Act, and priority biodiversity assets identified by the actions of the tap. Accompanying each objective is a number of actions that will help achieve the goal, once implemented.

The 2014 TAP identifies the party responsible for each action, the priority level, the timeframe and performance indicators. The Dieback Working Group as well as Project Dieback (WA), Leave No Trace Australia and the Australian Network for Plant Conservation have been identified in the TAP as the networks that can assist in communicating updated P. cinnamomi management practices and other issues. Many other stakeholders are identified in the TAP as having a role to play in achieving the goal of the TAP.

Please visit the Department of Environment website www.environment.gov.au to view the 2014 TAP for yourself. You will also find a detailed background document to the TAP.