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Social licence for tree removal to increase success of exotic pest eradication programs

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Project Details

Project CodePNC609-2223
Project Start Date15-Jun-2023
Completion Date10-Dec-24

Host (tree) removal is likely to be the only feasible and cost-effective means of eradication of many of the exotic pests identified as high priority for forestry and horticulture. Social acceptance of tree removal in urban landscapes is essential to ensure an efficient and effective eradication program.

Experience from the failed Giant Pine Scale eradication program in Melbourne illustrated that social acceptance is not automatically obtained and can be a contentious issue. A lack of social acceptance was a primary reason for the termination of Giant Pine Scale eradication program.

In this project we aim to use social science and participatory research to

  • (a) gauge the public acceptance of tree removal in urban landscapes during an eradication response,
  • (b) identify key elements of social license for tree removal from a broad range of urban stakeholders, and
  • (c) develop a toolbox for biosecurity agencies and stakeholders to use to gain and sustain social license for tree removal for future exotic pest incursions.

The outcomes of this project will reduce delays and increase the chance of success of future eradication programs.


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Research Organisation:

NSW Department Of Primary Industries

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