feature reviving wetlands with conservation volunteers australia
As national partner for the Revive Our Wetlands initiative, led by Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), Chevron is supporting the restoration of ten wetlands across Australia as a nature-based climate change solution.
Growing global research is unlocking the potential of coastal and freshwater wetlands as blue and teal carbon sites, with the ability to capture and store up to 50 times more carbon than rainforests.
CVA Project Coordinator Yasmin Talloch-Medigovich launched the initiative at the Beeliar Wetlands in Bibra Lake, alongside Minister for Environment; Climate Action the Honourable Reece Whitby MLA, Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson MP and Chevron Australia General Manager Health, Safety & Environment Stacey Offner.
“This year we are launching the Revive Our Wetlands campaign around World Wetlands Day 2022, 2nd February, to recognise and preserve the essential role wetlands can play in our fight against climate change,” said Yasmin.
“Together with Chevron Australia, we’re very excited to bring local communities together through the work of our Revive campaign to restore these important ecosystems for the benefit of nature and people.”
Minister for Environment; Climate Action
Home to biodiverse ecosystems, wetlands are important habitats for thousands of wildlife species and hold deep cultural significance and connections to Aboriginal dreaming.
Opening the event with a smoking ceremony and welcome to country, Noongar Elder Marie Taylor asked guests to be still and observe the many sights and sounds of the area. Later, Nyungar Tours founder Kerry-Ann Winmar shared how Aboriginal people used wetland areas throughout history during a guided tour.
Chevron Australia has participated in local community work to protect the local environment, alongside Conservation Volunteers Australia, for more than 15 years.
“We look forward to continuing our long standing relationship with CVA through the Revive Our Wetlands initiative, protecting some of the most unique and critical environments in our local area,” said General Manager Health, Safety & Environment Stacey Offner.