Like many communities around the world, Victoria’s coastal communities, local decision-makers and government agencies are increasingly planning for, and mitigating against, coastal risks and sea level rise. While these groups have access to a range of data on coastal habitats, threats and sea level rise such data is yet to be transformed into useful information that can help inform what and where future investments can be made to support nature-based risk reduction and adaptation projects. The Nature Conservancy is uniquely positioned to apply its many years of international experience in risk reduction, tool development and demonstration projects, to support the application of existing and new data to help mainstream the use of nature-based approaches in Victoria.

This project is investigating the application of The Nature Conservancy’s global restoration suitability model to characterize locations across coastal Victoria based on their potential for successful wetland restoration and where possible, likely habitat and wildlife benefits. The outcomes will allow government agencies and decision makers to identify priority locations for future restoration and conservation based on biodiversity, ecosystem function and coastal protection values.

Temperate Marsh. Photo Credit: Chris Gillies