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Launch of South West Environmental Snapshot – A one-stop-shop

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

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The Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) Deputy Director, Dr Kathryn McMahon contributed to the development of the South West Environmental Snapshot. The culmination of this five year vision of creating a ‘one-stop-shop’ for environmental information on the South West region has come to fruition for the South West Catchments Council (SWCC).

Launched on Friday 27th July with help from project partners, the South West Environmental Snapshot is an online resource that provides a contemporary overview of the region’s greatest challenges and opportunities together with insights into how important environmental assets have changed between 2001 and 2017. The dedicated website aims to foster greater community appreciation, understanding and participation in improving and maintaining the unique south west environment as well as a sense of place.

A steering committee, technical advisory panels and leading experts identified, prioritised and developed 33 indicators across key Natural Resource Management (NRM) themes including terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, land and water resources, coastal and marine assets, as well as Noongar and non-Aboriginal culture and history. Dr Kathryn McMahon developed the indicator and case-study on seagrass meadows.

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