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People and Wetlands Plan

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Date(s) - 19/11/2014
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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The First People and Wetlands Plan for Western Australia

Peel-Harvey Catchment Council is convening a panel of experts on the 19th November 2014 in Mandurah to create the first People and Wetlands Plan for Western Australia to promote communication, education, participation and awareness of the Peel-Yalgorup Wetland System.

These Ramsar Site 482 wetlands – including the Peel-Harvey Estuary, Lake Clifton, Lake Mealup and numerous other wetlands near the Estuary and coast – are internationally recognised under the Ramsar Convention for their outstanding environmental, social and economic values.

The People and Wetlands Plan will recommend actions to raise awareness of the Peel-Yalgorup’s values to people who use the wetlands, have businesses which benefit from the wetlands, or make decisions which affect the wetlands. These groups include government and politicians, recreational groups, businesses, community groups and the public at large. The Plan will be used to:

  • Recommend strategies for people to wisely use and enjoy the Wetlands, including by enhanced recreation and tourism
  • Guide educational and promotional programs which increase people’s understanding and respect for the Wetlands
  • Influence government and politicians to better protect and manage the Wetlands

Wednesday’s Expert Panel brings together representatives from the fields of politics, marketing, environment, planning and community:

Dr Carmen Lawrence, Tony Free, Paul McLeod, Adrian Parker, Jan Star, George Walley, Amanda Willmott, Joan Payne, Nadine Heinen, Dr Gary Middle, Rhys Williams, Kent Sobey, Claire Taylor, Paddi Creevey,David Arkwright and Facilitator Margo O’Byrne



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