COASTAL WETLAND RESTORATION
This program enables Victorians to strategically invest in the health of our coast with respect to biodiversity enhancement, coastal and shoreline protection, marine life and fish habitat, and carbon sequestration – all of which are critical to our health, prosperity, and very existence.
Furthermore, the preservation of wetlands provides us with the opportunity to test research solutions for helping mitigate climate change and improve natural capital whilst simultaneously contributing to economic growth, capacity building alongside land managers, and community wellbeing in Victoria.
The Victorian Coastal Wetland Restoration program incorporates the following objectives:
Develop and test a wetland restoration and conservation strategy that will provide critical information on the ‘where’ and ‘how’ components of coastal wetland restoration.
Undertake on-ground restoration within three regions along Victoria’s coast to repair of 100 hectares of threatened saltmarsh and wetland habitat.
Perform remedial work with Traditional Owners at 16 coastal sites within Port Phillip Bay – the largest cluster of coastal Aboriginal cultural heritage sites in Port Phillip Bay.
Coastal wetlands have seen loss of 9,000 ha, or roughly 25% of their pre-European extent, and continue to face a range of human impacts. The loss of, or disturbance to these ecosystems has had drastic negative impacts on Victoria’s biodiversity, particularly resident or migratory birds.
Victoria’s new Climate Change Act 2017 and the proposed Marine and Coastal Bill 2017 offer significant opportunities to develop systems to improve the management and protection of Victoria’s coastal and marine areas, of which coastal wetlands represent a critical but degraded asset.
Through the Biodiversity Response Planning (BRP) program of the Victorian Government, Deakin University’s Blue Carbon Lab has the opportunity to put years of science into on-ground action.
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This work is led by Deakin University’s Blue Carbon Lab, involving partners from Parks Victoria; Greening Australia; UNSW Water Research Laboratory; Corangamite CMA, West Gippsland CMA; Melbourne Water; CoastCare Victoria; South Gippsland Conservation Society; The Nature Conservancy; Tasman Environmental Markets; Dow Australia; NSW Fisheries; and the Wadawurrung Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation.
This project has been funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program and is helping to ensure that Victoria’s natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for. The Nature Conservancy and Deakin University also provided partial funding.