Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Northern Territory Government, Australia
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The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment, Parks and Wildlife Service was established in November 2001 after the restructuring of Departments following changes to the administrative arrangements of the Northern Territory Government.
The Department's Parks and Wildlife Service ensures the Territory's unique fauna, flora and bio-diversity are protected, both on and off parks and reserves, developing and managing parks and reserves, while providing an impetus to tourism development.
The Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for conserving the Territories fauna and flora, planning and developing the Territory's system of terrestrial and marine parks and reserves, along with other lands. It acts as a management agency for the Conservation Land Corporation, Aboriginal and other land owners, managing 91 parks and reserves for conservation and the provision of high quality nature-based tourism/recreational experiences for visitors. This does not include Kakadu and Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Parks which are managed by the Commonwealth Government authority, Parks Australia, formerly known as the Australian Nature Conservation Agency.
In undertaking original research into Northern Territory flora and fauna, the Parks & Wildlife implements management programs and develops policies and strategies for the conservation, utilization and management of flora and fauna throughout the Northern Territory.
The Service is probably most famous for its crocodile management initiatives. These have seen a growth in the population of the saltwater crocodile in the wild from about 5000-10,000 in 1974 to the estimated 60,000-70,000 today. This was done through a program of sustainable use when 8 crocodile farms were established at the same time as the wild population was recovering. The Parks and Wildlife Service of the Northern Territory is acknowledged as a leader in sustainable use programs for wildlife in Australia.