Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site Management Plan
The East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority coordinated the development of the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site Management plan on behalf of the Victorian Government.
In the first stage of its approval process, the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site Management Plan was approved by the board at its meeting in August 2015.
The Plan was then presented to the Victorian Government, and it was approved by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water on October 22nd, 2015. The Victorian Government has now forwarded the Plan to the Australian Government for approval.
When approval is granted, the Australian Government will present the Plan to the International Ramsar Convention for final approval.
The Plan provides the framework to protect the environmental values of the Gippsland Lakes and Lake Tyers over the next eight years, in order to maintain the ecological character of the Ramsar site, as required under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
The plan complements the East Gippsland and West Gippsland Waterway strategies by providing detailed management direction for waterways within the Ramsar site. It provides clear directions for future investment by the Victorian Government and other investors to maintain or improve the health of the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site.
Through the process of developing the management plan, the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, other agencies, traditional owners and the community, demonstrated their willingness to work together to set the management priorities for the Ramsar site. This provides a strong foundation for continuing to work together to implement the plan and achieve real outcomes over the next eight years.