Coastal Ramsar

This project aims to increase protection for and enhance ecological values of the internationally significant Vasse-Wonnerup wetland system. This system is listed under the Ramsar Convention of 1990 (The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat) which is an intergovernmental multilateral treaty on the conservation of designated Wetlands of International Importance and the wise use of wetlands.

The Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands are an extremely important bird habitat in the South West, supporting 25-35,000 waterbirds in most years and are the most significant regular breeding habitat for Black Swans in the State of Western Australia. The wetlands are also important fish nurseries for Geographe Bay fish species.

Among many other uses, the wetlands provide recreational fishing opportunities, enable nutrient stripping and dilution of wastewaters from urban and agriculture sources, have spiritual significance for Noongar people and provide a sense of place for Busselton.

Through this project, SWCC coordinates projects and partners with the Department of Parks & Wildlife, local government agencies, sub-regional NRM groups, Aboriginal groups, community groups and landholders to protect and increase the resilience of this important wetland system.

For more information on the project, please contact Pip Marshall, Biodiversity Project Manager on 9781 3105.