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Report Card 2016—Wetland condition

Scoring

A standardised scoring system was developed for each key indicator in the report card. The scoring system is used to assess and communicate progress towards the targets using the following categories.

Results—colour coding Pressure scoring system
A - NegligibleB - LowC - Moderate
D - HighE - Very high
Results—colour coding State scoring system
A - Very goodB - GoodC - Moderate
D - PoorE - Very poor

Confidence indicator

Confidence indicator for Wetland condition: 2 out of 5

Indicator confidence is based on expert opinion and direct measures of error.

Further details on the scoring system (PDF, 527K) and qualitative confidence rankings for each indicator are outlined in the supporting technical information.

Target: There is no net loss of the extent, and an improvement in the ecological processes and environmental values, of natural wetlands.

Reports on anthropogenic pressures on wetland values and the state of wetland environmental values for natural freshwater floodplain wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef catchment as at 2016.

Overall, wetland environmental values of freshwater floodplain wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef catchments are rated as moderate in terms of both pressure and current state. Wetlands surrounded by non-conservation land uses have higher levels of anthropogenic pressure resulting in greater levels of disturbance to wetland environmental values.

Wetland condition assessment is a new program that reports on wetland environmental values every four years. Reporting for 2016 provides a baseline condition assessment that future progress will be compared to.

Overall pressure on wetland environmental values

Image showing overall pressure on wetland environmental values was moderate based on four indicators - biotic integrity, physical integrity, hydrology and connectivity.
Pressure on wetland environmental values data file (CSV, 200 )

Overall state of wetland environmental values (wetland condition):

Image showing the overall state of wetland environmental values was moderate based on four indicators - biotic integrity, physical integrity, hydrology and connectivity.
State of wetland environmental values data file (CSV, 203 )

Biotic integrity: condition of the wetland’s naturally occurring ecosystems.

Physical integrity: integrity of the wetland’s natural physical landform.

Hydrology: naturalness of water movements and wet-dry cycle of the wetland.

Connectivity: connection of the wetland to other natural ecosystems.

Read the detailed Wetland condition results (PDF, 1.8M) and methods (PDF, 1.8M).

Last updated
27 October 2017

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