Conservation Action Plan

To determine research and management priorities in coming years the Derwent Estuary Program has undertaken Conservation Action Planning (CAP), a system devised by the Nature Conservancy, one of America's most respected conservation organisations. CAP has been successfully used by organisations across the globe to guide planning to maximise resources and conservation outcomes. A series of three workshops have assessed key habitats in the Derwent estuary e.g. wetlands, salt marshes foreshore vegetation, rocky reefs to determine the viability of these systems, what's threatening them and how we might address these threats to protect the estuary's biodiversity. A first iteration CAP was produced, which has been used to proritise the DEP's activities in 2011 - 2012.

A second iteration CAP is currently in progress to incorporate new information and the updated the draft CAP is now available. The CAP process was supported through a grant from the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country.



Juvenile Spotted Handfish (Brachionichyths hirsutus)

Restoring and promoting the Derwent estuary