Category Archives: Murray-Darling Basin
It’s the year of Tourism for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, appropriately enough, and the recent 11th Conference of the Parties saw continued discussion on listed wetlands the world over.
Reports etc. from the proceedings of the 11th Conference of the Parties can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/NBaiTh
If you take a look at The status of sites on the List of Wetlands of International
Importance you’ll see that the Coorong and Lower Lakes are listed under “Ramsar Sites with reports of human-induced negative changes having occurred, occurring or likely to occur” (page 12)
Here’s a link to Australia’s “National Report on the Implementation of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands” submitted to the secretariat prior to the conference. Which shows how Australia is taking steps to implement the convention, and updates on the progress since 2008 (the 10th COP). Keep in mind this report was written last year and so does not contain up-to-date references for the Murray Darling Basin Plan… but it is well worth reading.
From the Lakes Hub’s World Wetlands Day Tour 2012:
A great video from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities:
The draft Basin Plan has been released today, you can find the full document here: http://www.mdba.gov.au/draft-basin-plan as well as a “Plain English” version of the draft. Be sure to check out the links on the right side of that page to find the accompanying documents, questions answered and fact-sheets related to the draft.
The ABC’s coverage of the release can be found here: Lower Murray remains at risk, say experts along with a run-down report of comments from SA’s Premier, other MPs, Senators Nick Xenaphon and Sarah Hanson-Young as well as locals.
The formal consultation process for the proposed Basin Plan is 20 weeks and we would urge you to have your say by submitting through the official MDBA website. Submissions are due by the 16th of April 2012, details can be found here: Invitation for Public Submissions
Many thanks to a keen eyed reader, who found this great video from Dr. Colin Chartres, Director General of the International Water Management Institute, in which he talks about Environmental Flows.
Legislation regarding the water-sharing arrangements between the states of the Murray-Darling Basin will be presented to Federal Parliament early in 2012 ( only 6 months away).
The local Clayton based group Rivers, Lakes and Coorong (RLCAG) are one of the many groups nationally that are working tirelessly to protect our Murray Darling Basin and are urging everyone in the region to join the voice.
To access the online petition just click on the link below – it’s really easy and it WILL make a difference.