Following a successful industry and landholder forum held in Alice Springs on 11-12 August 2010, Ninti One Ltd is providing $20,000 to the Australian Camel Industry Association for the development of a strategic plan to establish a strong and viable industry, providing employment for regional communities, Aboriginal people and other landholders.
More than a million camels, the largest wild herd on Earth, are ravaging a vast region of 3.3 million square kilometres in the heart of Australia.The camel plague is inflicting major damage on fragile desert ecosystems, scarce water supplies, rare plants and animals, Aboriginal cultural resources, remote communities and pastoral enterprises across the inland, according to a report to the Federal and State Governments to be launched in Canberra tomorrow.
Media are invited to the launch of "Managing the impacts of feral camels in Australia: a new way of doing business" by Jan Ferguson, Managing Director of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre, at 10 am on Wednesday 10th December, at the Marque Hotel, 102 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra.
The world’s largest feral camel herd is posing a major threat to rare and endangered Australian wildlife.Destruction of desert waterholes and soaks by a feral camel population estimated at more than onemillion over an area of 3.3 million square kilometres is a real and present danger to unique Australianmarsupials, reptiles, birds and other native animals in desert areas, the Managing Director of the DesertKnowledge CRC, Jan Ferguson, said today.
The Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre and its partners were today delighted with thenews that the Australian Government had chosen to support its application to the Caring for OurCountry program for the management of feral camels.The proposal outlines how camel numbers can be reduced to preserve biodiversity and cultural values inremote Australia and reduce damage to pastoral and settlement infrastructure.
Australian scientists are developing a revolutionary way to monitor changes in biodiversity across vasttracts of the continent using satellites.In research for the Desert Knowledge CRC, Dr Ken Clarke of the University of Adelaide has helpedpioneer a new way to watch over biodiversity in the deserts – where some of the nation’s gravestextinction rates occur – and study what happens to it as the impacts of pests, human activity and climatechange build up.
The announcement today of Mr Quentin Hart as the national project manager of the Feral Camel Management Project will provide a new focus on protection for the biodiversity, communities, landholders and commercial operations in remote Australia under threat from feral camels.