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WA's Ramsar sites

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Of the 64 listed Ramsar wetlands in Australia, 12 sites occur in Western Australia. The benefits of nominating wetlands for inclusion on the list include increased recognition of WA's most important wetlands, and increased management attention to these wetlands by relevant authorities and community groups.

The Department of Environment and Conservation has the lead role in recommending suitable wetlands in Western Australia to the State government for nomination for inclusion on the List of Wetlands of International Importance. This is a detailed process that involves consultation with key stakeholders and the preparation of nomination documents containing details of the values and other features of each wetland including site maps.

Photo: Lake Gore Ramsar Site, photo taken by Gareth Watkins
Photo: Peel-Yalgorup, photo taken by Kim Wilson
 Lake Gore Ramsar Site, photo taken by Gareth Watkins  Peel-Yalgorup, photo taken by Kim Wilson 

The State Government of Western Australia decides which WA wetlands are nominated to the Commonwealth government and the Ramsar Bureau for inclusion on the List of Wetlands of International Importance.

The 12 Ramsar wetlands in Western Australia
SiteArea (ha)Further infoMap (pdf)Ecological Character Description (ECD)Management Plan (MP)
Ord River Floodplain 141,453 word document pdf document

iconECD Ord River Floodplain
(6.3 MB)

 
Lakes Argyle and Kununurra 117,495 word document pdf document  iconECD Lakes Argyle and Kununurra
(4.23 MB)
 
Roebuck Bay 34,119 word document pdf document iconECD Roebuck Bay (4.7 MB)  
Eighty-Mile Beach 175,487 word document pdf document iconECD Eighty-mile Beach (3.8 MB)  
Forrestdale and Thomson Lakes 784 word document pdf document iconECD Forrestdale and Thomsons Lakes
(6.1 MB)
 

Forrestdale Lake Nature Reserve MP 2005
Thomsons Lake Nature Reserve MP 2005

Peel-Yalgorup System 26,677 word document pdf document  iconECD Peel-Yalgorup (5.74 MB) Lake McLarty Nature Reserve MP 2008
Lake Toolibin 493 word document pdf document    
Vasse-Wonnerup System 1,115 word document pdf document    
Lake Warden System 1,999 word document pdf document

iconECD Lake Warden System
(4.31 MB)

Esperance Lakes Nature Reserve MP 1999-2009
Becher Point Wetlands 677 word document pdf document    
Lake Gore 4,017 word document pdf document iconECD Lake Gore (2.74 MB)  
Muir-Byenup System 10,631 word document pdf document  iconECD Muir-Byenup System
(3.5 MB)
 

The most recent Western Australian nominations to the List of Wetlands of International Importance were made in 2000, when the State Government nominated the Becher Point Wetlands, Lake Gore and the Muir-Byenup System. At the same time it also nominated twelve extensions to four existing Ramsar sites: the Ord River Floodplain, Peel-Yalgorup System, Toolibin Lake and Vasse-Wonnerup System. These sites and extensions were added to the list in 2001.

Eight new sites are currently being investigated for nomination in WA and three sites are also being examined for possible extension in the future.