The need for management of estuarine wetlands such as mangroves and saltmarshes is becoming important with increasing rates of development and population growth along the Australian coast. This has been highlighted by recent evidence of changes to estuarine wetland vegetation patterns indicating an increase in mangrove coverage and a corresponding decrease in saltmarsh areas. Accordingly, a transparent and integrated process for protecting mangrove and saltmarsh wetlands through strategic planning policy, which uses a strategic planning basis set within the regional framework of Integrated Coastal Zone Management, is needed which allows the relevant factors to be considered and options for action to be supported by participatory community involvement in mangrove and saltmarsh wetland management.
How to Cite:
Harty, C., 2006. Protecting mangrove and saltmarsh wetlands through strategic planning policy. Wetlands Australia, 22(2), pp.pp. 76–89. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/wa.254