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Your wetlands data can help better management - July 2010

The Wetlands Inventory Capture system can capture data relating to coastal bird surveys – just one example of the capability of this powerful Internet application.
Photo © DERM

Are you involved with wetland surveys or the collection of fauna and flora records? If so, would you like your data to be readily accessible?

If you or your group carries out wetland survey work or collate fauna and flora records you can contribute your information to the Department of Environment and Resource Management’s Wetlands Information Capture (WIC) system and ensure your data supports better conservation decisions.

'Over the past 3 years, we have developed a Wetlands Information Capture system for the capture, management and delivery of inventory data relating to wetlands and biodiversity,’ said the project manager, Noleen Brown, the WIC project manager.

'This powerful Internet application has the capacity to capture data relating to core survey attributes, geology and soils, fauna, flora, water quality and coastal bird survey data.’

'We really would like as many people and groups as possible to become registered WIC contributors and make their data available to ensure the Department can make the best-informed decisions about wetlands conservation and management.’

'Contributors can choose how they contribute their data to the WIC system, either by using standard proformas or by uploading existing digital datasets,’ said Noleen.

The WIC system is fully integrated with DERM’s WildNet application and WetlandMaps so that the survey data is available to assist with the planning and management of Queensland’s wetlands and biodiversity.

Currently the WIC system is used for projects that include wetland surveys, seabird surveys, freshwater fish monitoring and the monitoring of coastal birds in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The system contains nearly 14,000 surveys and 67,000 wildlife records.

The WIC system is funded by the Queensland Wetlands Program, a joint initiative of the Australian and Queensland governments to manage and protect wetlands across Queensland.

If you would like to become a registered WIC contributor or find out more about the system, contact Noleen Brown.

For more information on Wildlife Queensland's activities, call us on +61 7 3221 0194 or send us an email.