This paper is a product of a workshop on assisted colonisation organised by the Terrestrial Biodiversity node of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (http://www.nccarf.edu.au/) in Australia.
Whose backyard? Some precautions in choosing recipient sites for assisted colonisation of Australian plants and animals
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2013
© 2013 Ecological Society of Australia
Ecological Management & Restoration
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 106–111, May 2013
How to Cite
Harris, S., Arnall, S., Byrne, M., Coates, D., Hayward, M., Martin, T., Mitchell, N. and Garnett, S. (2013), Whose backyard? Some precautions in choosing recipient sites for assisted colonisation of Australian plants and animals. Ecological Management & Restoration, 14: 106–111. doi: 10.1111/emr.12041
- Issue published online: 24 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2013
- adaptive management;
- assisted colonisation;
- climate change;
- managed reloca-tion;
- site selection;
In cases where assisted colonisation is the appropriate conservation tool, the selection of recipient sites is a major challenge. Here, we propose a framework for site selection that can be applied to the Australian biota, where planning for assisted colonisation is in its infancy. Characteristics that will be important drivers in the decision-making process include the size of a recipient site, the potential to augment corridors and respond to niche gaps, the maximisation of climatic buffering, bioregional similarity, tenure security, and the minimisation of opportunities for hybridisation and invasiveness. Sites we suggest be precluded from assisted colonisation include sites of high species endemism, IUCN category 1 reference reserves and fully-functioning threatened ecological communities.