Wetlands are crucial in stabilising and cleaning water resources in the landscape, and supporting extensive food chain and biodiversity.
In the Murray Darling Basin in Australia, river regulation and clearing has led to the destruction and decline of may wetland systems. The Rivers Environmental Restoration Program (RERP) was initiated by the NSW Department of Climate Change and Water (now the Office of Environment and Heritage [OEH]) to stop this decline of wetlands through the purchase of water for the environment, effective management of environmental water and the sustainable management of the wetlands.
The Gwydir Wetlands, Macquarie Marshes and Narran Lakes are ecologically and culturally important wetland systems in inland New South Wales, Australia.
They are key environmental assets in the Murray Darling Basin and so environmental flows have been delivered to the wetlands to maintain and improve wetland vegetation and fauna. As part of the RERP, ANU developed the IBIS decision support system (DSS) to test the possible effects water delivery scenarios on ecological condition of the wetlands.
2008 – 2010