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Reservation of important wetlands - recent experiences in conservation planning and practical implementation in Victoria

conference contribution
posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by James FitzsimonsJames Fitzsimons, Hugh Robertson
The establishment of a comprehensive, adequate and representative (CAR) reserve system is not only an objective of all States and Territories but it is an international commitment, since Australia signed the Convention on Biological Diversity. Various reviews note that Australia lacks a representative freshwater reserve system. However, there has been surprisingly little quantitative analysis on the reservation of freshwater ecosystems from which to identify the gaps or deficiencies in the reserve system.

We compared aspects of reservation in wetlands in northern Victoria before and after a major public land use investigation by the government-appointed Victorian Environmental Assessment Council, which sought specifically to recommend a CAR reserve system. Significant improvements in the reservation status for depleted and under-reserved wetland ecosystems, and improved reserve design have been recommended by the investigation. Increases in the reservation of nationally and internationally significant wetlands were also recommended. These recommendations are now under consideration by the Victorian Government.

Some of the challenges in decision-making during this investigation and their implications on wetland conservation are highlighted. The paper concludes by outlining broader policy dilemmas, decisions and debates that that require addressing in relation to developing a system of Freshwater Protected Areas in Australia.

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Event

Australian Protected Areas Congress (2008 : Twin Waters, Qld.)

Pagination

221 - 222

Publisher

EPA Qld.

Location

Twin Waters, Qld.

Place of publication

Brisbane, Qld.

Start date

2008-11-24

End date

2008-11-28

ISBN-13

9780646507330

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Copyright notice

2008, Australian Protected Areas Congress

Editor/Contributor(s)

I Garven, S Monk

Title of proceedings

APAC 2008 : Protected Areas in the Century of Change : Proceedings of the Australian Protected Areas Congress

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