Priorities Action Statement - Actions for Adam's Emerald Dragonfly

adams emerald dragonflyAdam's Emerald Dragonfly
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larvaeThe larvae are identified by a distinct frontal plate
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larvaeLarvae of the Adam's emerald dragonfly
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Recovery Actions

Advice to consent and determining authorities

  • Provide information on the distribution of the Adam's Emerald Dragonfly to local councils and determining authorities to ensure appropriate consideration during development assessment processes (High priority).

Collate and review existing information

  • Compile existing information on Adam's Emerald Dragonfly and identify knowledge gaps for the purpose of targeting future research activities (High priority).
  • Collate data on the historical distribution of Adam's Emerald Dragonfly including anecdotal and indigenous knowledge (Low priority).

Community and stakeholder liaison, awareness and education

  • Encourage community reporting of Adam's Emerald Dragonfly via the NSW DPI Threatened and Pest Species Sightings Program online form (Medium priority).
  • Implement education initiatives to improve awareness of the status of the Adam's Emerald Dragonfly and ways to minimise impacts on the species by preparing and distributing appropriate advisory material (Medium priority).
  • Install signs and/or interpretive displays at appropriate locations to assist with identification and awareness of Adam's Emerald Dragonfly (Low priority).

Compliance / enforcement

  • Maximise compliance activities at identified important sites (Low priority).

Enhance, modify or implement NRM planning processes to minimize adverse impacts on threatened species

  • Negotiate with relevant authorities to encourage the identification, assessment, and modification of natural resource management plans and policies to minimise impacts on Adam's Emerald Dragonfly habitats and water quality (High priority).
  • Incorporate new research information into catchment management, river health and wetlands programs where appropriate (Medium priority).

Habitat rehabilitation

  • Undertake priority rehabilitation, restoration and enhancement work at key sites known to support Adam's Emerald Dragonfly populations (High priority).
  • Undertake work to identify, restore and protect known and potential Adam's Emerald Dragonfly habitats and address key threats such as habitat degradation and water quality decline from expanding development (High priority).
  • Seek funds through grant schemes or other sources to implement riparian vegetation and water quality improvement projects in priority areas (Medium priority).

Research / monitoring

  • Conduct research on the biology and ecology of Adam's Emerald Dragonfly, particularly the species' ecological role, environmental tolerances, factors influencing population dynamics, age and growth, life cycle and diet (High priority).
  • Monitor Adam's Emerald Dragonfly populations over time to assess trends in abundance and distribution and to identify emerging threatening processes (Medium priority).
  • Undertake research to identify, prioritise and improve understanding of the threatening processes and causes of decline of Adam's Emerald Dragonfly (Medium priority).
  • Actively encourage community involvement in aspects of Adam's Emerald Dragonfly research and monitoring programs (Low priority).
  • Actively seek grants or investor partnerships to fund research and monitoring programs for Adam's Emerald Dragonfly (Low priority).

Survey / mapping

  • Conduct targeted surveys to determine the current distribution and abundance of Adam's Emerald Dragonfly (High priority).
  • Collect data on the presence/absence of Adam's Emerald Dragonfly during incidental surveys (High priority).