Wetlands Wonder and Climate Change

How to manage wetlands in a changing climate

Wetlands Wonder and Climate Change

How to manage wetlands in a changing climate

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The issue

Wetlands and environmental water are very important in times of drought particularly in a Ramsar wetland that is home to many endangered and vulnerable species of birds in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (e.g. endangered - Australasian Bittern, vulnerable - Australian Painted Snipe). In a climate where irrigators, communities and the environment all compete for water - to sustain farming activities, community water supply, environmental and tourism requirements - it is important that all concerned have an understanding of the necessities of each other. They also need to recognise the requirements and importance of managing wetlands.   

The solution

Providing an opportunity for the education of councils, schools, irrigation organisations, environmental groups, farmers and interested community members, allowing them to learn and ask questions about wetlands.  The workshop and wetland walk at Fivebough Wetlands provided information to major stakeholders on:  global wetland events, wetlands in the irrigation area, environmental water and Ramsar sites. Management of wetlands and the impacts of climate change were also discussed. Figure on numbers of birds and surveys done at the wetlands over time showed participants how and why numbers change. Identifying wetland birds and frogs with experts at hand was a great learning experience.

The impact

60 people attended the wetland workshop and walk. Attendees were from a wide range of organisations from all towns in the region e.g. Griffith, Narrandera, Leeton, Darlington Point and Coleambally. Participation in the event provided an opportunity for:

  • networking with like-minded people to better understand wetlands in local communities
  • collaboration in the writing of papers on the effects of climate change on wetland management
  • management techniques to be discussed in the future
  • improved community understanding on the importance of environmental water
  • improved understanding of the global requirements for migratory birds plus the water management needed for wading birds.


Collaborating with like-minded people to share knowledge and expertise.

Key facts

  • Stakeholder engagement in a global event with 60 participants in a wetland workshop and walk to identify and listen for birds and frogs
  • Community education to share knowledge and expertise on wetland management and climate change impacts.

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