Peel Harvey Catchment Council joins global leaders in Manila to save migratory birds

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REPRESENTATIVES from Peel-Harvey Catchment Council will travel to Manila this month to join experts from around the world at the Communications, Capacity Building, Education, Participation and Awareness Working Group workshop.

The workshop aims to enhance community programs for the internationally recognised Peel-based Ramsar site and discover global solutions with local outcomes for migratory birds.

The working group is part of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership which oversees the flyway of migratory waterbirds.

The Peel Region’s Ramsar site, which includes Peel-Harvey Estuary, Lakes Mealup and McLarty and the lands and lakes of Yalgorup National Park, is situated near the southern end of the flyway and supports migratory waterbirds during their annual migration.

PHCC acting chair Jan Star said the working group had invited the catchment council as the Australian representative along with organisations from eight other countries that form part of the flyway.

“Our wetland system in Peel is just one of many world wetlands migratory birds use,’’ she said.

“We desperately need cooperation across the flyway to conserve their habitats and to take a united global action to protect these birds.

“It takes a community to save a wetland and it will take world communities uniting together to save our world wetland chain and the migratory birds that use them.”