Features of Australia's wetland biodiversity - critical issues and strategic responses

2001

Internal Report 376
Finlayson CM
Supervising Scientist Division
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

About the report

The critical issues for managing Australia’s wetland biodiversity have been presented on many occasions in fora dominated by experts well versed in the biophysical sciences. A recent summary listed these as: provision of surface and ground water for environmental benefits; prevention of pollution and contamination of aquatic habitats; prevention and reduction of salinisation; prevention of further drainage and infilling of wetlands; management of grazing in wetlands; restoration and protection of riparian vegetation; prevention and control of invasive species; mitigation of climate change and sea level rise; and development of rigorous inventory, assessment and monitoring protocols.