About the plan
The Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi came into force on 22 February 2019. This national threat abatement plan (TAP) addresses the key threatening process listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), ‘Dieback caused by the root-rot fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi’.
The Minister for the Environment considered this TAP to be a feasible, effective and efficient approach to abating the threat to Australia’s biodiversity from Phytophthora dieback. The goal of this TAP is to identify and protect environmental assets—threatened species and ecological communities listed under the EPBC Act and other matters of national environmental significance—from the impacts of the pathogen.
This plan also includes:
- strategies to prevent Phytophthora spreading into areas that are free of disease
- strategies to reduce the impacts in infested areas
- recovery actions for the conservation of affected biodiversity assets
- research actions towards mitigating the impact of Phytophthora dieback.
The associated document, ‘Background document: Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi’ (Department of the Environment and Energy, 2018) provides information on the scope of the problem; the characteristics, biology and distribution of the pathogen; impacts on the environment and management practices.