Carbon sequestration in inland wetlands

A project managed by Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and undertaken by Deakin University with funding from DELWP examined the carbon sequestration capacity of Victoria's inland wetlands. Carbon densities were measured in 103 wetlands, demonstrating that inland wetlands represent significant carbon sinks. The project report outlines methods and results and recommends approaches that may be used to maximize wetland carbon stocks and suggests future research projects.

Conceptual models for managing wetlands 

The department has developed a series of threat-management intervention models to identify the management strategies and activities that may be undertaken to reduce the threats to wetlands. These are documented in the report by Morris, K. and Papas, P. (2012), Wetland conceptual models: associations between wetland values, threats and management interventions, Version one, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research Technical Report Series, Report number 237.

Cropping in wetlands

Cropping has the potential to impact on the condition and values of wetlands in Victoria, including wetland biodiversity. A review of the knowledge related to wetland values and cropping in the Victorian landscape was undertaken to inform policy development, prioritise research and develop management guidance for natural resource managers and landholders.

Casanova M.T. and Casanova A.J. 2016. Current and Future Risks of Cropping Wetlands in Victoria: Technical Report. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, East Melbourne

Current and Future Risks of Cropping Wetlands in Victoria: Technical Report (PDF, 4.8 MB).

Managing livestock grazing in wetlands

Livestock grazing is a common practice in wetlands on private land. Two resources assist in understanding the ecological responses of wetlands to grazing and in making decisions about managing grazing in wetlands. The first (PDF, 899.7 KB) describes how wetland ecosystems respond to livestock grazing. It identifies management practices used to reduce the negative impacts of grazing and reports on evidence of their effectiveness. It also provides recommendations for further research to reduce uncertainties in predicting the effects of grazing management on wetland condition. The second (PDF, 2.5 MB) uses an understanding of the potential benefits and impacts of grazing in wetlands to assist wetland managers to identify grazing options that maintain or improve wetland vegetation condition.

Predicting the occurrence of seasonal herbaceous wetlands in south-east Australia

Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands (Freshwater) of the Temperate Lowland Plains are listed as a critically endangered ecological community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Management and prioritisation of these wetlands for conservation or rehabilitation requires good knowledge of their location. A project was undertaken to improve knowledge on the distribution of these wetlands across Victoria.

Predicting the occurrence of seasonal herbaceous wetlands in south-east Australia (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Download model datasets from the Datavic website

Vulnerability assessment and adaptation potential of coastal wetlands

This project investigated the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of coastal wetland systems in Victoria to the impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise, decreased freshwater inflows and increased frequency and severity of extreme events. A decision support framework (DSF) was developed to identify management options and objectives and to help guide investment. The framework has two volumes: volume one is a step by step guide on how to apply the DSF, volume two provides the technical information that supports the DSF.

Wetland Tender

Wetland Tender is a market based instrument used in Victoria to assess and compare proposed works to improve condition of wetlands on private land. It identifies projects that represent the best value for money, while ensuring that the wetlands in the best condition and/or supporting threatened species or vegetation communities get priority for funding.

The Wetland Tender Field Officer Manual was developed for use when implementing the method. The manual provides a guide to the key tasks associated with the role of the field officer, guidance on management of wetlands and the threats to wetland condition, and information on the relative improvement expected from one management action compared to another.

Wetland Tender Field Officer Manual (PDF, 1.5 MB)