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DRAFT GININI FLATS WETLAND COMPLEX RAMSAR MANAGEMENT PLAN Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Ginini Flats Wetland Complex Ramsar Management Plan 2016 . I understand that under new provisions of the ACT Nature Conservation ACT 2014 , the ACT Conservator of Fauna and Flora must report to the ACT Environment and Climate Change Minister about the Plan at least once every five years. Once finalised and approved by the Minister, the Plan will be tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly. This will occur early in 2017. Summary Comments Consistent with my role as ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, my comments address the following aspects of the Plan: whether prescribed burning has been considered as a measure to protect the site; if the potential of cultural burning has been discussed with Indigenous ACT Government officers trained in this field; the importance of monitoring and recording all animal and plant species at the site, not just the Northern Corroboree Frog, Broad-toothed Rat and Sphagnum bog; and developing a communications strategy that employs a range of media, including a short video with drone footage promoting the importance of the site.
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Ginini Flats Wetlands Complex by vegetation type from 2015 ACT State of the Environment Report
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Context map of Ginini Flats. From the draft Ginini Flats Wetland Complex Ramsar Management Plan 2016 .
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Ginini Flats Context The Ginini Flats wetland is located within Namadgi National Park near the NSW/ACT border. It is bordered to the west by Bimberi Nature Reserve managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS). Ginini covers 350 hectares. Ginini Flats cannot be considered in isolation and must be considered within the context of the broader landscape. Ginini Flats. Image: ACT Government Significance of Ginini Flats Ginini Flats Wetland Complex was designated as a Ramsar wetland of international importance in 1996. It includes vegetation communities of sub-alpine sphagnum bogs, associated wet heath and wet grassland habitats in a series of interconnected wetlands surrounded by snow gum woodland. The site is the largest intact Sphagnum cristatum bog and fen community in the Australian Alps. The wetland provides a range of ecosystem services – the wetlands are located in the upper reaches of the Cotter River Catchment. The Cotter River catchment is the main water source for Canberra. The wetlands play a role in water filtration and moderating run- off. Sphagnum bogs are also thought to play a role in carbon storage.
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Spaghnum bog at the nearby Cotter Flats. Image: Mark Jekabsons Plants of Ginini Flats The site includes vegetation communities of sub-alpine sphagnum bogs, associated wet heath and wet grassland habitats in a series of interconnected wetlands surrounded by snow gum woodland.
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