GIS Priority Map Set to Focus WetlandCare Australia’s Resource Management Projects

Environmental Observer, Spring 2010

Ian Foreman, GHD

“WetlandCare Australia is improving New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s wetland environments and biodiversity through natural resource management projects. It commissioned the Central West Catchment Management Authority (CWCMA) to develop an access database that would enable staff members to prioritize and rank 113 wetland complexes. This information would help them in their rehabilitation and protection efforts. CWCMA created a tabular database that contained more than 32,000 individual polygons and 32 attributes. This data was used in calculating a weighted assessment. Rankings were then included in a wetland site priority index.”