Fund­ing to im­prove Peel-Har­vey sys­tem

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

THE Al­coa Foun­da­tion has an­nounced fund­ing of more than $2 mil­lion for three en­vi­ron­men­tal projects across the Peel-Har­vey Catch­ment.

The part­ner­ship with Peel-Har­vey Catch­ment Coun­cil, Green­ing Aus­tralia and the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy will help de­liver on-ground and in-wa­ter ac­tions in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity, to im­prove the health of the PeelHar­vey Catch­ment over three years.

The projects will con­trib­ute di­rectly to the on­go­ing health and man­age­ment of the PeelYal­go­rup Ram­sar Sys­tem.

The 26,500ha wet­land sys­tem, in­clud­ing the Peel-Har­vey Es­tu­ary, is recog­nised as a wet­land of in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance un­der the Ram­sar Con­ven­tion.

There are a num­ber of threats im­pact­ing on the rivers and wet­lands of the Peel-Har­vey in­clud­ing land clear­ing and agri­cul­tural land use, ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, recre­ational land use and cli­mate change.

The three sep­a­rate but com­ple­men­tary projects will en­hance ex­ist­ing ven­tures and boost new ini­tia­tives to pro­tect and im­prove the con­di­tion of the three ma­jor rivers that discharge into the Peel-Har­vey es­tu­ar­ine sys­tem – the Mur­ray, Ser­pen­tine and Har­vey Rivers – and the Peel-Yal­go­rup Ram­sar Sys­tem.

El­der Harry Nan­nup holds a smok­ing cer­e­mony to bless work on the Ser­pen­tine River.

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