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Senator Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Media Release

Australian Commitment to World Wetlands


21 March 1996
(46/96)

The Federal Government has pledged $2 million toward an international fund to support wetland conservation initiatives.

Environment Minister Robert Hill has made the pledge to the 6th conference of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, being held in Brisbane.

The Ramsar Conference is the largest environmental conference to be staged in Australia with around 1,000 delegates from nearly 120 countries.

Senator Hill says Australia has been a key mover behind the establishment of the fund.

"Our Government will be pledging $2 million over the next five years toward the various projects identified in the Convention's Strategic Plan.

"These projects, principally within our region, are aimed at supporting wetland conservation. Other nations attending the conference will be joining Australia in this effort.

"Australia's commitment follows our announcement earlier this week of the designation of a further 7 Australian wetlands sites as Wetlands of International Importance.

"These actions confirm our Government's commitment to protecting and restoring Australia's natural environment and to providing assistance for international environmental initiatives."

Senator Hill says Australia will:



More details on these specific projects will be announced later in the conference.

For further comment contact Matt Brown on 015 396 773

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