Combating invasive species

Combating invasive species

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AWI’s General Manager Research, Dr Jane Littlejohn, spoke at the launch of the Centre
for Invasive Species Solutions’ first RD&E portfolio, emphasising the importance of
national collaboration to achieve a significant impact on invasive species.

AWI’s General Manager Research, Dr Jane Littlejohn, spoke at the launch of the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions’ first RD&E portfolio, emphasising the importance of national collaboration to achieve a significant impact on invasive species.

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Advertiser content: The Centre for Invasive Species Solution has launched 21 projects to combat key invasive species problems. Supported by AWI, government departments, research institutions and other RDCs, the centre is a national collaborative research, development and extension (RD&E) organisation formed to tackle the ongoing threat from invasive species, such as wild dogs, foxes, rabbits, wild pigs and feral deer.

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The Centre for Invasive Species Solution has launched 21 projects to combat key invasive species problems.

Supported by AWI, government departments, research institutions and other RDCs, the centre is a national collaborative research, development and extension (RD&E) organisation formed to tackle the ongoing threat from invasive species, such as wild dogs, foxes, rabbits, wild pigs and feral deer.

The Canberra-based centre will focus on the development of improved tools and strategies that will strengthen management of vertebrate pests. Focused on ensuring transformational and on-farm outcomes for the agriculture sector, a total of 21 projects have been developed in the centre’s first RD&E portfolio, in consultation with members and partners, and will focus on key invasive species problems.

The portfolio was launched in September by the Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, at Parliament House.

The initial portfolio is worth a combined $48 million of direct investment and in-kind support, including a $20 million investment from the Australian Government – and $3.1 million of direct and in-kind funding from AWI to support the centre’s continuing work on rabbit biocontrol, wild dog management strategies and community engagement and digital extension programs.

AWI’s General Manager Research, Jane Littlejohn, emphasised at the launch that the vision for AWI is vertebrate pest management as a social norm in rural and regional Australia and all sectors strengthening their own commitment to the shared problem.

“The centre’s program will deliver more people, in more communities, accessing real time information on best practice and so making better decisions on-ground to keep the impact of pest animals at acceptable levels – and this is why we are supportive of and investing in the centre’s activities,” Dr Littlejohn said.

For more information head to www.invasives.com.au

To learn more about the new projects funded by AWI to combat wild dog control read Wild dog alert to provide woolgrowers with ‘first strike’ capability, check out the community engagement in AWI builds capacity in wild dog control and if you want to get in contact with a wild dog coordinator in your region read New wild dog coordinators or visit www.wool.com/wilddogs

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