David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    Acting now for the future of the Swan and Canning rivers

    20/12/2007 8:44 PM

    Results from a comprehensive study about the impacts of climate change on the Swan and Canning rivers have been released.

    The study identified potential changes to the river system and provided strategies to best manage the adverse effects.

    Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman said the report would support the Carpenter Government’s commitment to protecting the rivers through initiatives such as the $40million Healthy Rivers Action Plan and the new Swan Canning Management Act which passed through Parliament earlier this year.

    “We are absolutely committed to acting now for the future to ensure our rivers and waterways are robust enough to withstand the effects of our changing climate,” Mr Templeman said.

    “This is the most comprehensive climate change study undertaken on a water body in Australia and the information it contains will help guide us as we confront this crucial challenge.”

    The study was undertaken by the Swan River Trust’s Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) - a group of 15 experts with a diverse range of expertise in the area.

    The Minister said the TAP identified potential changes to the rivers this century and developed adaptation strategies to maintain the valuable ecosystem integrity of the river system.

    “The State Government has adopted these strategies and will implement them through the Healthy Rivers Action Plan,” he said.

    “Our management of this issue will need to keep evolving as we learn more about climate change.”

    The report’s summary is now available on the Swan River Trust’s website at: http://portal.environment.wa.gov.au/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/ADMIN_SRT/REPORTS/POTENTIAL%20IMPACTS%20OF%20CLIMATE%20CHANGE%20SUMMARY%20LO%20RES.PDF and the full report will be available tomorrow.

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