Wetlands in Action
The Australian Wetland Network is a national network of Non-Government Organisations and community groups involved in conservation and wise use of wetlands.
In July 2015 WetlandCare Australia merged with Conservation Volunteers Australia, and we continue to deliver projects protecting and restoring wetlands for nature and people.
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WetlandCare Australia, now merged with Conservation Volunteers, celebrated its 20th birthday with the 4-year Coastal 20 Wetlands Project commencing in 2010.
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:
The coastal rivers of northern NSW are suffering a pest fish invasion. As many recreational fishers know European Carp are well established through the entire Richmond River catchment, and Tilapia have been found in the Tweed River catchment. These pest fish reduce water quality and out-compete native fish for food and habitat.From December 2017 we will be holding a series of events to support the community in reducing pest fish numbers in the Richmond and Tweed catchments.
The Hunter Estuary is a Ramsar-listed wetland and the most significant migratory shorebird habitat in NSW. CVA has been working with 14 partners to restore creeks, waterways and wetlands in the upstream catchment of the Ramsar site.
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 [email protected]
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 find out about upcoming opportunities in the Revive Our Wetlands program.
Would you like to be part of protecting and restoring wetlands? You can do so by donating through our secure online system.
By volunteering on one of our field projects, you can make a practical contribution and help .
Together we can ensure Australia’s plants and animals continue to survive.