Using 'Threatening Processes' To Protect Freshwater Biodiversity From Invasive Alien Species

Unviersity of Canberra
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Canberra Law Review, 2012, 11 (1), pp. 58 - 88
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The use of formally listed 'Key Threatening Processes' (KTPs) is increasingly seen as a way of incorporating the regulation of invasive alien species into land and water management regimes. Yet, prior to the use of KTPs, regulators were already identifying threatening processes by classifying certain types of invasive alien species as noxious, pests, or feral and listing them on registers of prohibited species. These initiatives have been continuously supplemented by Australian jurisdictions adopting a range of strategies, frameworks and management plans relating to invasive alien species. This paper compares and contrasts the use of KTPs with other types of threatening processes as a means of dealing with invasive alien species (IAS), focusing on freshwater ecosystems. The identification and abatement of KTPs and other threatening processes occupies an important regulatory space in invasive alien species' regimes. However, the effectiveness of these mechanisms depends as much on the success of the IAS regime as a whole as on the operation of the individual KTPS.
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