Biodiversity

The biodiversity of Lord Howe Island is rich and supports a high level of endemic and significant species and communities.

The Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Management Plan encompasses threats and management actions relevant to the Island group's overall biodiversity, with a particular focus on rare and significant species and communities of the LHIG. This approach enables holistic and cost-effective management of the Lord Howe Island Group's biodiversity. The Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Management Plan also constitutes the formal National and NSW Recovery Plan for threatened species and communities of the Lord Howe Island Group. As such, it considers the conservation requirements of these species within the Group.

This plan identifies the actions to be taken to ensure the long-term viability of threatened and significant species and communities of the Lord Howe Island Group in nature and the parties who will undertake these actions.

The recovery actions detailed in this plan include:

  1. implementing the Lord Howe Island Board quarantine policy,
  2. protecting existing native vegetation,
  3. on-ground eradication and control of weeds,
  4. revegetation of priority sites,
  5. control and/or eradication of introduced vertebrate and invertebrate fauna,
  6. research and monitoring into species' ecology and management options,
  7. monitoring the impacts of climate change,
  8. captive breeding and reintroductions,
  9. surveys of potential habitat,
  10. community awareness.

It is intended that the Biodiversity Management Plan will be implemented over a 10-year period.

The Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Management Plan is presented in five parts, being the main body of the plan, and appendices. Copies of the plan can be downloaded from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website.