In October, 25 stakeholders came together in the Shed for a Consultation Workshop which considered the key elements that determine the ecological character of our Peel-Yalgorup System – Ramsar Site 482.
The Ramsar-listed estuary and wetlands have numerous natural values that make them internationally significant. These natural values are officially identified through an “Ecological Character Description” (ECD). Understanding and describing the ‘ecological character’ of a Ramsar site is a fundamental management tool for these special wetlands and their inhabitants. The ECD forms the benchmark for management planning, action and monitoring to detect any change in ecological character. The Ecological Character Description for the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar Site (2007) is currently being reviewed so that it is informed by information gathered over the past 12 years.
The Consultation Workshop participants shared their knowledge and experience to agree on the critical elements of the document. We commend everyone for their investment of passion and knowledge with regard to the Site. The collaborative, productive contributions at the workshop shows that through a united approach, our Ramsar wetlands are in good hands.
This project is supported by PHCC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.