The Ramsar Convention for conservation and wise use of wetlands remains the only multilateral environmental agreement focused on a single ecosystem. Wetlands play a critical role in water and food security, flood mitigation, and carbon storage. They have intrinsic value for nature conservation and contribute to community wellbeing. In Australia, the driest inhabited continent on earth, water is vital. Yet wetland loss is 50% or more. Together we can act now to help achieve the Ramsar mission to slow, reverse, and ultimately stop wetland loss.
REVIVE OUR WETLANDS is focused on three key targets for wetland conservation and restoration:
10-year outcomes: Significant wetlands and associated plant communities are restored for water quality, flood resilience and nature conservation
Targets by 2020: Volunteers undertake annual maintenance, rehabilitation and ecological monitoring at 20 Ramsar sites and 35 regionally significant wetlands
10-year outcomes: Critical sites on the East-Asian-Australasian Flyway are protected and restored for migratory shorebirds
Targets by 2020: Engage 3,000 community volunteers to restore and monitor 20 flyway shorebird sites
10-year outcomes: Riparian buffers and floodplain vegetation are restored for farm productivity, water quality, flood resilience and habitat
Targets by 2020: Engage 2,000 volunteers to improve the condition & extent of 5,000 ha of riparian vegetation in rural catchments
Revive Our Wetlands Projects in Action
Conservation Volunteers Australia is engaging communities to conserve wetlands and their catchments for nature and people. Here are just a few examples of our projects:
Hunter Estuary Wetlands, NSW
The Hunter Estuary is the most significant migratory shorebird habitat in NSW. CVA is restoring the salt marsh habitat in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Hunter Bird Observers Club, the NSW Environmental Trust and corporate partners.
Barratta Creek and Bowling Green Bay Ramsar Site, QLD
We’ve worked with local partners to revegetate this critical habitat with over 30,000 local native plants. The project has improved the connectivity of wildlife corridors, increased diversity of species, and protected stream-banks from erosion. This project is assisted with funding from the Australian Government.
Conservation Volunteers Australia has partnered with the community and corporate sector to deliver the Victorian Wetland Care Program. Through on-ground conservation actions, community and school education programs and support, we’re improving the habitat value of Sale Common Nature Reserve and Paisley Challis Wetlands, Cheetham Wetlands and Jawbone Conservation Reserve.
Swan and Canning River Restoration, WA
Perth is a city built upon wetlands including two Ramsar sites; Forrestdale and Thomson Lakes. CVA volunteers support state and local governments and community groups to restore the biodiversity of Perth’s wetlands. Volunteers revegetate wetlands to improve water quality and manage invasive weed species to foster natural regeneration.
Why we need to act
The reason is simple. Rivers, their floodplains and estuaries meet a host of our needs including water supply, food production, transport corridors and recreation. As a result, many of our rivers are in poor condition. As storm and flood events increase due to climate change, healthy riparian vegetation will be critical to prevent erosion and protect water quality.
Conservation Volunteers is taking action
Partnerships: Work in partnership with site managers, Councils,community “care” groups, government agencies, and corporate sponsors
Assessment and planning: Undertake wetland and waterway assessments and prepare site action plans for rehabilitation
Citizen Science: Monitor water quality, vegetation condition, marine debris, shorebird indicator species
Education and Engagement: Educate local communities to value and protect wetlands. Recruit, train and manage volunteers in practical on-ground
On-ground restoration: Weed control, erosion control, rubbish removal, nutrient and pollution control, revegetation
Training and Technology: Accredited and non-accredited training via our Registered Training Organisation. Smart phone and tablet data portals for site monitoring and reporting
Feature photo: Peter Rowland On Reflection
What can you do ?
Conservation Volunteers Australia is seeking partners to develop and invest in Revive Our Wetlands Projects. To discuss your needs and ideas email the Revive Our Wetlands Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity we’d love you to get involved in Revive Our Wetlands. Sign up to WetlandLink to findout about upcoming opportunities in the Revive Our Wetlands program.
Contact your nearest Conservation Volunteers Australia office to find out about local volunteer opportunities.
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