Applying landscape-level principles to koala management in Australia: a comparative analysis

Rolf Schlagloth, Edward A. Morgan, Timothy Cadman, Flavia Santamaria, Gabrielle McGinnis, Hedley Thomson, Douglas H. Kerlin, Tek Narayan Maraseni, Fred Cahir, Ian D. Clark, Danielle Clode, Alexandra Mcewan

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We provide a comparative analysis of two koala management plans for populations in two Australian municipalities, based on principles of landscape management: Ballarat (Victoria) and Bellingen (New South Wales). A landscape-based approach is required to protect the species, but evaluation of landscape management is limited. We present an assessment framework for evaluating local koala management plans. The plans are evaluated against a common set of principles and criteria, despite very different approaches stemming from context-specific factors. Interestingly, despite a variation in the number of indicators in the plans, the overall results of the evaluation demonstrate a similar level of performance against the criteria, and common strengths and weaknesses. In the absence of consistent standards for the protection of the koala across Australia, the species will continue to decline, and management practices will fail to protect the koala from extinction, as is currently predicted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-563
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Issue number3
Early online date4 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • ecosystem integrity
  • governance
  • Koala management
  • landscape planning
  • local government


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