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Sunshine Diuris Structured Decision Making (SDM) workshop – saving an orchid from extinction

Experts were gathered at the School of Botany, University of Melbourne, to participate in a 2-day SDM workshop in April 2013 in relation to Diuris fragrantissima, an endangered orchid restricted only to Sunshine in the western suburbs of Melbourne, and to Altona with reintroductions. The workshop was facilitated by Joslin Moore and Rodney van der Ree of ARCUE, assisted by Lee Harrison. The purpose of the workshop was to assist the Department of Sustainability and Environment (now combined with the Department of Primary Industries) to decide “How to allocate management and research effort over the next nine years to ensure the endangered orchid, does not become extinct in the wild.”

Participants included experts from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), the Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Research (the biodiversity research base for DEPI), the Australasian Native Orchid Society, a private orchid expert and a contractor on the Diuris fragrantissima recovery team.

The workshop was very well received and participants wished to obtain more information about the SDM process for future reference. A second workshop with more experts is likely to be required to analyse the problem to the depth desired by DEPI.




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