Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003
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ERISS Written Submissions Cane Toad Inquiry Report Volume 2 38 SUBMISSION NO. 3A Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist Dr Max Finlayson, Director GPO Box 461 DARWIN NT 0801 1 May, 2003 re: Inquiry into Issues Associated with the Progressive Entry into the Northern Territory of cane toads The Executive Officer Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Dear Sir Your call for submissions which appeared in the Northern Territory News on Saturday, 5 April 2003, refers. This letter serves to advise that the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (ERISS) recently completed a report for Parks Australia North on the potential risks of cane toads entering Kakadu National Park. For your interest a copy of the report (Supervising Scientist Report 164) is enclosed. In doing this report we adopted the formal risk assessment protocol recommended by the Bureau of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The majority of the risk assessment undertaken involved identifying the problem, the potential extent and effects of the problem, the risk and subsequent recommendations on monitoring. Major information gaps relevant to predicting impacts and developing appropriate monitoring programs were also identified. The risk assessment was based on information from published and unpublished scientific and anecdotal reports. Information on Kakadu National Park was derived from relevant research projects undertaken in the Park since the early 1980s. A number of relevant Territory and Commonwealth agencies were consulted, as were relevant cane toad, native fauna and/or wildlife management experts from around Australia. Discussions were held with community members in the Borroloola and Mataranka regions to gain an indigenous/cultural perspective of the cane toad issue. The findings of these discussions are also enclosed (Internal Report 389). We trust that these findings will be of interest to the Sessional Committee and, as an interested party in the region, confirm our willingness to discuss these issues further, as appropriate. Yours faithfully Dr C M Finlayson
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