Coastal Ramsal

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

This project aims to increase protection for and enhance ecological values of the internationally significant Vasse-Wonnerup and Peel Yalgorup wetland systems.

These wetland systems are listed under the Ramsar Convention of 1990 which is an intergovernmental multilateral treaty on the conservation of designated Wetlands of International Importance and the wise use of wetlands.

Through this project, SWCC coordinates projects and partners with the Department of Parks & Wildlife, local government agencies, sub-regional NRM groups, Aboriginal groups, community groups and landholders to protect and increase the resilience of these important wetland systems.

Through revegetation and weed and pest animal control works, 257 ha will be protected at the two Ramsar wetlands. Currently 179 ha along Lake Preston’s southern western shoreline has been protected with the installation of fencing and gate at 5 locations with a further 48.5 ha protected at Lake Clifton through weed control, track closure and revegetation. Preliminary rehabilitation activities at Sabina Nature Reserve are underway with revegetation planned for 2016-18.

Groups and individuals involved in the rehabilitation, restoration and conservation activities will build their skills and understanding of and engagement with NRM. The project aims to provide Aboriginal individuals or business with the opportunity to build capacity for natural resource management. Over 30 volunteers have participated in clean up and planting activities in the Peel-Yalgorup wetlands and another 14 in the Vasse-Wonnerup.

Due to the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council becoming a region in its own right, the project will be retracted to only include the Vasse-Wonnerup wetland system.
The current planned work includes the continuation of the Sabina Natural Reserve rehabilitation project managed by DPAW. Over the coming year the project aims to undertake 15 ha of weed control, 550m of kangaroo and rabbit proof fencing for future revegetation areas and 303ha of Ramsar protected from pest animals.

Funding recipients:

  • Shire of Harvey
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife

COMMITMENT
257 ha of improved condition of native vegetation being managed

ACHIEVEMENT
257 ha of improved condition of native vegetation being managed

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