Wetland Prioritisation Decision Support System Great Barrier Reef Catchment
The DSS aims to use biophysical, socio-economic, community capacity and threat data and expert consultation to identify higher priority wetlands for strategic investment and to achieve greater accountability and transparency in wetland prioritisation.
The development of the wetland DSS involved a number of steps including a review of international and national literature and DSSs, data assessments, data processing and workshopping with nominated experts and stakeholders. The wetland DSS is based on a multi-criteria assessment method to determine wetland priorities and allows different alternative views to be assessed through weighted measurable criteria. Criteria were developed and then assessed and weighted in a series of expert panel and stakeholder workshops. Weighting allowed for value judgements to be made about the criteria and their importance when making a decision.
The DSS operates at two scales. The primary DSS prioritises wetland aggregations within the GBR catchments and uses GIS analysis methods to process existing catchment scale datasets. The secondary DDS is used to prioritise individual wetlands using local expert knowledge and GIS analysis. Primary and secondary wetland DSS tools have been developed in separate MS Excel workbooks which provide the user with the capacity to view prioritisation results, assign priorities to criteria and, for the secondary DSS, input data for wetland criteria.
The Primary and Secondary DDSs were tested at a series of workshops with regional and local decision makers. The results were then interrogated and feedback received for the participants. The DSS and associated reports have been externally peer reviewed and a sensitivity analysis has been undertaken.
The DSS could be improved as new data becomes available and as experience grows in using the system.
Wetland values, threats and capacity generated by analysis of available data, current NRM frameworks, wetland types and different decision makers and stakeholders in the GBR catchment.
DSS Primary and Secondary tools, spatial datasets, facilitator familiar with use of the DSS and understanding of the criteria, participants with high level of information on the criteria, assumptions and uncertainties.
The DSS could be re-run for the GBR catchments quickly. Additional time would be required to use improved or new data. The DSS could also quickly be adapted for use in other regions with limited modifications.
Regional Ecosystems of Queensland
Wetland aggregation dataset
Queensland Wetand Inventory
Census data - population density
ASGC Digital Boundaries
Queensland Land Use Mapping Project (QLUMP)
Dams and Weirs in Queensland
National Pollutant Inventory
Socio-economic indices for areas (SEIFA)
National Native Title Register
Registered and Notified Indigenous Land Use Agreements
Collaborative Australian Protected Areas (CAPAD)
User-defined wetland areas
Natural resource managers, including NRM bodies, government agencies, local government.
HLA-Envirosciences (2006) Final DDS Report Wetland Prioritisation Decision Support System - Great Barrier Reef Catchment Unpublished report for Department of Environment and Water, Canberra.
Last updated: 22 March 2013
This page should be cited as:
Wetland Prioritisation Decision Support System Great Barrier Reef Catchment, WetlandInfo 2007, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 19 November 2014, <http://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/assessment-search-tool/7/>.