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Project Coorong World Wetlands Day Forum


South Australians are invited to come together on World Wetlands Day to learn about the health of the Coorong.

A Science Forum is being held at the South Lakes Golf Club in Goolwa on Tuesday 2 February and will be live-streamed.

The event includes guest speakers and will focus on the science and activities being delivered under Project Coorong - First Nations’ knowledge, water quality, fish, animals and plant health, climate change and infrastructure needs.

Jody Swirepik, Australia’s Ramsar Administrative Authority, said it is a great opportunity to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention, recognising wetlands of international importance.

“World Wetlands Day is held every February to raise global awareness about the vital  role of wetlands for people and our planet. This year’s theme shines a spotlight on  wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop  their loss”,  Jody  Swirepik said. 

Director of Water Infrastructure and Operations, Sue Hutchings said the forum, ‘Science  Informing Action’, is being led by Project Coorong’s Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin and The  Living Murray initiatives, in collaboration with Our Coorong | Our Coast and the  Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.  

“The forum will take a similar approach to the workshop we ran in Meningie last year but with  a broadened focus on the science and activities being delivered under Project Coorong,” Director Sue Hutchings said.  

“This year thanks to the wonders of technology, we are able to live stream the event so  those people unable to make it to the event in person will have the opportunity to take  part, learn about the science and help us build a broader audience.      

“With the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin infrastructure shortlisting recently announced, the  event will also share with the community the future directions of the Coorong Infrastructure  Investigations Project.” 

To attend the event in person register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/world-wetlands-day-science-forum-2-february-2021-tickets-133274925891?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

To view the live stream of register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/webinar-only-world-wetlands-day-science-forum-2-february-2021-tickets-137349555217

For more information on Project Coorong visit https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/coorong  

Photo by Hullwarren, entrance channel to the Coorong from Hindmarsh Island, Wikimedia