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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



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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Written Submissions WWF FROGS! Program Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 73 distribution in NT, and will provide a blueprint for strategically blocking further advance of the invading toads and pushing back the perimeter of the distribution A few local, community-based extermination projects have been carried out in Queensland and NSW but with limited success Lacked a systematic and scientifically grounded strategy, e.g. preventing recolonisation of the exclusion zones Our strategy will treat the NT toads as one population, and our approach will be similar to that employed by a highly successful one to eradicate Norway Rats from Alberta, Canada An on-going CSIRO attempt to bioengineer a pathogenic organism Inherently dangerous technique because it threatens native frog fauna and potentially other species groups as well All techniques will be speciesspecific Government funding has been directed towards pure rather than applied research The emphasis has been on building the case for eradication rather than getting on with the job This is an outcome-oriented, applied science program that will finally eradicate cane toads from NT Northern Territory and Federal governments both legally designate the cane toad as a pest rather than a menace Effectively prevents government funding from going towards researching the impact or the search for a means of control. Governments will be lobbied to properly designate the cane toad as a menace Political leadership has acknowledged the problem Political commitment has not been sustained The education and awareness components of the program will engage managers and decision-makers Universities and research institutions have not really gone beyond documenting the ecological impact of the cane toad invasion Almost no emphasis on applying research findings to the development of eradication techniques Eradication techniques and tools will be created, trialed, applied, and optimised Media coverage of the issue has been widespread Media content has been superficial and sensationalist Accurate, verifiable and up-todate Information will be a major output of the program though our communications networks and education programs General public is concerned about cane toad invasion and keen to get involved Not networked or organised for concerted action Program networks will improve awareness and understanding of the problem nation-wide. Generally recognised that aboriginal communities will be the most negatively affected No awareness, education or action campaigns or programs currently in place The education components are aimed at informing and mobilising aboriginal communities towards ecological and cultural sustainability Synopsis Goals 1) An effective program is in place to eradicate Cane Toads (Bufo

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