Three Macadamia species are now listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Macadamia integrifolia, native to south-east QLD, is listed as “vulnerable” while M. ternifolia, native to QLD, and M. tetraphylla, from northern NSW, are in the more threatened category of “endangered”. Global interest in the story has been sparked by a feature article in the UK Guardian.
This is a wake-up call for Australia to look after the wild species and their rainforest habitat.
The Macadamia Conservation Trust will continue to work with the Federal Government to adopt and implement a Species Recovery Plan.
The specific objectives of the plan are to:
1. Continue to identify and evaluate the extent and quality of Macadamia species populations and their habitat
2. Reduce and manage the major threatening processes affecting Macadamia species and their habitat
3. Increase knowledge of Macadamia species and their ecology to affect their conservation and management
4. Improve awareness and understanding of Macadamia species, especially the management requirements of these species and their major threats
5. Manage, monitor and evaluate the Macadamia Species Recovery Plan
Everyone can help by becoming a Wild Macadamia Champion and supporting conservation measures for these threatened species.