SA Coorong re­gion at risk

The Observer - - NATION -

SOUTH Aus­tralia’s Coorong re­gion has been so badly de­graded it risks los­ing key el­e­ments which make it an in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant wet­land, a new re­port says.

The re­port, pre­pared by the Goy­der In­sti­tute, says the Coorong was sub­stan­tially dam­aged dur­ing the mil­len­nium drought, and its con­di­tion has de­clined be­cause of long-term wa­ter ex­trac­tions.

“The sys­tem is now in a vul­ner­a­ble state and may have lit­tle ca­pac­ity to ab­sorb con­tin­ued and cu­mu­la­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal stress,” it reads.

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