The Coastal Ramsar project aims to protect and enhance the ecological values of the internationally significant Vasse-Wonnerup and Peel-Yalgorup wetland systems.
These systems are listed under the Ramsar Convention; an intergovernmental, multilateral treaty on the conservation of designated Wetlands of International Importance.
SWCC coordinates the project through partnerships with Parks & Wildlife, local government, Regional Partners, Aboriginal groups, community groups and landholders, to protect and increase the resilience of these important wetlands and to increase community understanding and knowledge.
A total of five events were held, 163 volunteers involved in on-ground works and four community groups engaged over 2014-15. The newly restored visitation area at Lake Preston was officially opened to the local community as part of a celebration event in October 2014. The old derelict ski-club area was restored in the first year of the project through a partnership between Parks and Wildlife and the Shire of Harvey. Over 30 community members attended this milestone event.
SWCC partnered with the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council in 2014-15 to implement projects in the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar system and adjacent catchments. These projects involved community engagement events, revegetation of habitat and riparian management of adjacent priority waterways, as well as extensive weed mapping and weed control at priority Ramsar sites.
SWCC also partnered with Parks and Wildlife to undertake rehabilitation at key sites in the Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands. The sites have been prepared for future restoration activities through several spray events, slashing and rotary hoeing. Derelict fences, logs and debris have been removed from Sabina Nature Reserve and new fencing has been installed to protect future revegetation sites from kangaroo and rabbit grazing. Culverts and access tracks have also been installed to enable access to the restoration sites, for initial work and long term management. Local and migratory bird species have also been better protected as a direct result of strategic fox baiting.
The partnership project with Parks and Wildlife will continue, with native plantings planned for restoration sites in the Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands. This will also include continued efforts to reduce weed burden at the sites to ensure the revegetation establishes successfully and is protected into the future.
The Ramsar Convention is named after the Iranian town of Ramsar, where the Convention on Wetlands took place in 1971.
259 ha protected through management actions
594.5 ha protected through management actions
41 people engaged in activities
226 people engaged in activities