Expand Ramsar Listing for Connewarre and Karaaf Wetlands
UPDATE: The consultation process has now closed. I look forward to updating the community on the results in due time.
I'm asking all interested residents to make a submission to DEWLP calling for the Karaaf Wetlands to be Ramsar listed, and for the existing boundaries of the Connewarre Wetlands Ramsar site to be expanded.
The State Government is asking Geelong and Surf Coast communities if they would like to see Ramsar status considered for 11 additional wetland areas.
Ramsar wetlands are sites that are recognised under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) as being of international significance in terms of flora, fauna or environment. Australia has 65 Ramsar wetlands, and 12 of these are in Victoria, including the Barmah Forest, Gippsland Lakes, and the Connewarre Wetlands.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is currently seeking community members' views on extending the boundary of the existing Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar site. The proposed areas for addition are the Breamlea Karaaf Wetlands, and parts of the Lake Connewarre Reserve that are not already Ramsar listed.
I believe that both sites are fantastic candidates for Ramsar listing, and deserve the wise management guidelines and attention provided to areas that are internationally listed under the Ramsar Convention.
Please fill in your details and make a submission.
You can see my own submission below, that you are welcome to borrow from or copy.
1. Which of the following wetland areas would you like to see added to the Ramsar site?