This DSS is designed to assist a wide range of possible end-users in determining the most appropriate choices of control tools for a particular vertebrate pest control programme.
This DSS has been developed to assist a wide range of possible end-users in determining the most appropriate choices of control tools for a particular vertebrate pest control programme. Presently the DSS covers five common New Zealand pests.
Vertebrate pest control in New Zealand is necessary to protect native flora and fauna, and to protect people from the damage that pests cause to agriculture and property. Deciding how to control vertebrate pests has become increasingly complex over the last 20 years due to new knowledge of pest impacts and control, an increase in the range of products available for pest control, new legislative and safety requirements for pest control operations, increased public interest in the impacts and control of pests, diversification of the pest control industry, and reorganisation of the roles of some of the key participants.
The DSS considers all well-recognised environmental, social, and economic constraints that must be considered in selecting the most appropriate control options, given the description of key site parameters by the user. However, the tool is designed to support, not replace, decision-making by pest managers. This is because there is always the possibility that the DSS may not consider every operational constraint that applies to a particular pest control operation in a particular locality.
Control options are all linked to best-practice advice and supplier information. Additional components include a control-costing tool, and a generic means of prioritising planned control operations. The DSS is not a comprehensive planning tool for pest control operations. Links to additional planning tools are however given in the 'help‘ sections associated with various parts of the system.
|State of Development||Please Select|
|Outcome Areas||Economic, Environmental|
|Management Domains||Biosecurity, Biodiversity|
|Intended End Users||Pest Managers|
|Temporal Resolutions||Not applicable|
|Temporal Extents||Not applicable|
|Steady State or Dynamic||Steady State|
|Level of Integration||Economic, Environmental|
|Key Input Data||Rainfall Location, Habitat and climate, Pest problem, control history and operational aim|
|Input Data Formats||Web-based input format|
|Key Output Data||Relative efficiency of proposed operations|
|Output Data Formats||Web-based output format|
|Open/Closed Source||Open Source|
|Licence Type||No Licence|
|Operating Systems||MS Windows|
|User Interface||Please Select Web-based interface|
|Ease of Use||Easy Requires data-forms to be filled out online.|
|Use in Policy Process||Do (Policy Implementation)|
|Keywords||vertebrate pests, pest control, tools, biodiversity|
Vertebrate Pest Control - http://pestdss.landcareresearch.co.nz/
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