The Australian and Queensland Governments released the Reef 2050 Wetlands Strategy. It outlines plans for wetland science, planning, coordination and management in Reef catchments.
Today is World Wetlands Day. Wetlands are critical to the health of the Great Barrier Reef. They support marine species by improving water quality and acting as biodiversity hotspots.
Five key areas have been identified to protect wetlands in Central, North and Far North Queensland.
These areas are:
- Improving wetlands information for decision making and action
- Wetland planning
- On-ground activities to protect, manage, rehabilitate, and restore wetlands
- Engagement, education, communication and capacity building
- Monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement.
The strategy supports the objectives and outcomes of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. It increases effective land management practices with a focus on the values of wetlands and their catchments.
This strategy will help drive progress towards our important water quality targets for the Great Barrier Reef.
Find out more about World Wetlands Day and how you can get involved.