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Information provided by the WetlandSummary tool

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Wetland mapping statistics

Wetland system statistics based on Queensland wetland mapping and classification.

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Drainage divisions

Drainage divisions are defined by major landscape features and climatic zones to form broad hydrological regions as represented in the Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric (Geofabric) version 1 developed by the Bureau of Meteorology.

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Drainage basins

The boundaries and names of the Queensland Drainage Basins are as defined by the Australian Water Resources Management Committee (WRMC). These areas are a further breakdown of the drainage divisions.

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Drainage sub-basins

This dataset depicts a subdivision of the major drainage basins as defined by the Australian Water Resources Management Committee (WRMC).

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Regional natural resource management (NRM) bodies

Regional NRM bodies are responsible for protecting and managing Australia's natural resources. To do this, regional NRM plans were developed to outline how a regional body will identify and achieve the region's NRM targets. There are 56 bodies in Australia, 14 of which are located in Queensland.

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Local government areas

Local government plays an important role in community governance. As a forum for local decision making, it helps deliver the Queensland Government's priorities locally and regionally.

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100K map tiles

1:100,000 Australian geoscience map sheet index.

(Note, printable PDFs of wetland mapping and mapping of wetlands and groundwater dependent ecosystem in KML format have been developed based on the 100K map tiles).

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Climate zones

Australian climatic zones based on the Köppen classification.

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Bioregions, also known as biogeographic regions, are areas based on bioregions (there are 13 bioregions recognised in Queensland), landzone and vegetation.

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Biogeographic subregions

Biogeographic subregions are a breakdown of the bioregions.

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IBRA bioregions

Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA) bioregions represent a landscape based approach to classifying the land surface of Australia.

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IBRA subregions

IBRA subregions are a breakdown of the IBRA bioregions.

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Regional plans

The regional plans are based on Queensland Government regional planning areas.

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National parks

Lists national parks in Queensland.

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Conservation parks

Lists conservation parks in Queensland.

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State forests

Lists state forests in Queensland.

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Forest reserves

Lists forest reserves in Queensland.

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Resources reserves

Lists resources reserves in Queensland.

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Timber reserves

Lists timber reserves in Queensland.

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Marine parks (Queensland)

Marine parks are established over tidal lands and waters and protect and conserve the values of the natural marine environment while allowing for its sustainable use.

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Fish habitat areas

Declared fish habitat area (FHA) plans indicate the outer boundaries (or limits) of FHAs. Check the Fisheries Regulation 2008 (Schedule 3) for details on the area included within the boundary of an FHA and its management.

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Coastal management district

Coastal management district is established under the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 (Coastal Act).

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Nature refuges

A nature refuge is an area of land voluntarily dedicated and protected for conservation purposes while allowing compatible and sustainable land uses to continue.

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Freshwater biogeographic provinces

The riverine systems of Queensland are 'regionalised' using a biota approach. This resulted in 9 Freshwater Biogeographic Provinces with more homogenous biota than the whole state. The approach used macroinvertebrate and freshwater fish data to group similar catchments.

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Wetland (aquatic ecosystem) type—conceptual models

Conceptual models, based on wetland types, diplict the current understanding of these ecosystems.

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Groundwater dependent ecosystem type—conceptual models

Conceptual models based on ecosystems types depict the current understanding of groundwater dependent ecosystems.

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Wetland (aquatic ecosystem) type—management profiles

Wetland management profiles provide information about the distribution, ecology, cultural values, conservation status, threats and management of particular wetland types, and wetland regional ecosystems (REs) within Queensland.

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Water resource planning areas

The water resource planning process is designed to plan for the allocation and sustainable management of water to meet Queensland's future water requirements.

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Aquatic ecosystem monitoring programs

Queensland's water quality, water quantity and aquatic ecosystem monitoring programs.

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Wetland soil indicator case studies

Soil fact sheets or case studies based on the testing of wetland soil indicators in 58 wetlands.

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Area specific conceptual model case studies

Wetland conceptual model area specific case studies are vibrant, easy-to-understand illustrated guides to selected individual wetlands in Queensland.

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World Heritage areas

World Heritage areas are outstanding examples of the world's natural or cultural heritage. The World Heritage Committee oversees listing these areas on behalf of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).


Study areas

Project specific study areas.


Report cards

Report card study areas.

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef contributing catchments and intertidal/subtitdal wetland statistics

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DIWA nationally important wetlands

Nationally important wetlands listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (DIWA). It includes an inventory of wetlands assessed as meeting criteria for national importance.

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Ramsar internationally important wetlands

Internationally important wetlands listed the Convention on Wetlands especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)—called the 'Ramsar Convention'.


Report card organisations

Report card study areas are based on Healthy Waterways and Heathy Rivers to Reef monitoring programs that provide regional assessments of the ecosystem health.


Wildlife lists for area based on WildNet data. Information links to species profiles and further information.


WetlandSummary allows users to access wetland and other related information by natural resource management (NRM) region, local government area, catchment and many more pre-defined areas. Presenting the information in summary form saves time and effort in accessing data layers. In addition, species lists and new species information is delivered through the search function of this tool. Find out more by viewing an online animation.

Legend for WetlandSummary tool

info Definition or further description of the features
metadata Spatial metadata describing the source, currency and accuracy of the features
map Map showing the boundary of a feature

Pages under this section

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2017) WetlandSummary—facts and maps, WetlandInfo website, accessed 18 March 2024. Available at:

Queensland Government
WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment, Science and Innovation