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The Mulloon Rehydration Initiative (MRI) – Building Resilience, Regenerating Biodiversity 

26-08-2022 15:14

The Mulloon Institute (TMI) rehydrates and restores landscapes to create healthy ecosystems which are full of biodiverse habitat, more resilient to climatic extremes and ensure food and water security. Scientific monitoring of flora and fauna indicate the on-ground actions of TMI and landholders working together are generating significant ecological results. The Mulloon Rehydration Initiative (MRI) in NSW’s Southern Tablelands is rebuilding catchment-scale ecosystem function and resilience by restoring hydrological processes in waterways and associated floodplains. Restoring hydrological processes in the catchment helps regenerate the waterways, riparian zones, floodplains, and wetlands that support critical biodiversity corridors and habitat for aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna. Increased water storage in the broader landscape supports plants and animals for both environmental outcomes and farm productivity, especially when combined with management actions that incorporate a landscape function or integrated systems approach. Since launching, the MRI rollout has progressively improved the creek’s water levels and quality allowing native flora and fauna to flourish during the extreme 2017–2020 drought. The project has also improved communication and knowledge sharing between landholders, who actively help with fencing the creek, organising volunteer planting days, conducting scientific monitoring and allowing various Landcare groups to visit, learn and see the positive effects of rehydrating waterways.

Presenter: Luke Peel.
Powerpoint Slideshow: The Mulloon Rehydration Initiative (MRI) – Building Resilience, Regenerating Biodiversity.


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