THE Alcoa Foundation has announced funding of more than $2 million for three environmental projects across the Peel-Harvey Catchment.
The partnership with Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Greening Australia and the Nature Conservancy will help deliver on-ground and in-water environmental actions in consultation with the community, to improve the health of the Peel-Harvey Catchment over three years.
The projects will contribute directly to the on-going health and management of the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar System.
The 26,500ha wetland system, including the Peel-Harvey Estuary, is recognised as a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention.
There are a number of threats impacting on the rivers and wetlands of the Peel-Harvey including land clearing and agricultural land use, urban development, recreational land use and climate change.
The three separate but complementary projects will enhance existing ventures and boost new initiatives to protect and improve the condition of the three major rivers that discharge into the Peel-Harvey estuarine system – the Murray, Serpentine and Harvey Rivers – and the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar System.