Stylised image showing two examples of Riparian land: 1 (unmanaged land) shows uncontrolled livestock access, invasive species and bed and bank erosion; 2 (managed land) off-stream watering of livestock, fenced riparian land with gate access, revegetation and cooperative partnerships

Farmland with fenced stream running through the middleRiparian land plays a unique role in the landscape. It provides habitat and supports diverse communities of plants and animals. It filters water, prevents erosion and supports productivity of the surrounding landscape.

Riparian land contributes to regional economies through agriculture and tourism. It is enjoyed for fishing and other recreational activities. Riparian land has strong cultural heritage and environmental values.

Many land use practices pose a potential threat to the condition of riparian land. Threats include uncontrolled stock access, native vegetation clearing and overuse from recreational activities. Landholders, waterway managers and DELWP play key roles in managing these threats to protect and improve the condition of riparian land.

Photo, above: Waterway managers, DELWP, landholders, Traditional Owners and other community partners play a key role in protecting and improving riparian land in Victoria. Fencing and revegetation on the Goulburn River. Photo courtesy Goulburn Broken CMA