The South West NRM Region has complex and unique marine, waterways, wetland, estuaries and coastal environments of high environment values remaining. The south west has the second most extensive beds of seagrass on the WA Coastline and; has two Ramsar-listed Wetland systems (i.e. the Vasse-Wonnerup system and Peel-Yalgorup system) which are important areas for waterbirds in south-western Australia. The south west coastal environs are also one of the State’s greatest assets in terms of its community, cultural, economic and environmental value.
Our Coastal Environments Program aims to protect and improve the biodiversity of and address the threats to the environmental values of the Peel-Yalgorup and Vasse-Wonnerup Ramsar listed wetland systems as well as priority Coastal Hotspots and the broader coastline and nearshore marine environment of the South West Region, particularly through the implementation of activities to rehabilitate ecosystem functions of those systems.
This program takes a landscape-scale approach to protecting the Vasse-Geographe and Peel-Harvey priority coastal hotspots (including the associated Ramsar listed wetland systems) and the broader coastline of the South West Region through:
Our Coastal Team aims to actively work in partnership with agencies as well as engage where possible with the south west community in projects to improve the resilience of these systems by implementing on-ground works (e.g. riparian management, invasive pest and weed control, coastal rehabilitation), changing behaviours associated with fertiliser use in the urban and agricultural context and engaging, coordinating and up-skilling the local community.