Community science event marks World Wetlands Day

Date posted: 01 February 2013

Minister Ian Hunter 
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation / Minister for Water and the River Murray / Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation

People will get the chance to learn more about the science of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) region at a special forum marking World Wetlands Day.

Today’s ‘Sharing Science, Monitoring and Discovery’ event at Goolwa’s Signal Point will feature a range of speakers on topics including ecological and community monitoring, and the latest acid sulfate soils investigations.

Organised by the Lakes Hub at Milang, the free scientific forum begins at 9.30am, and is open to all interested members of the public.

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Ian Hunter said the forum provides a great opportunity to hear the latest scientific information about this internationally-recognised wetland region.

“World Wetlands Day is celebrated around the world on February 2 each year to mark the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971,” he said.

“The international theme for World Wetlands Day this year is wetlands take care of water, which reminds us of the significance of the region. The future health of the river system and its communities starts at the Murray Mouth.”

“The region’s communities continue to play a central role in helping the environment to recover from drought, and to ensure the lakes and Coorong region can cope with future droughts and floods.”

“The forum will showcase the latest scientific monitoring information about the region, with presentations from some of the key university and Government scientists who’ve been directly involved in the drought recovery process,”

“I am sure everyone will come away from the day with greater knowledge about the important work being done to ensure this region has a sustainable and resilient future, but also how we can come together and co-operate in the years to come,” Minister Hunter said.

The CLLMM Program is part of the South Australian Government’s Murray Futures program, which is funded through the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative.