Students from Somerville Secondary College and Zhongce Vocational School in Hangzhou, China spoke for the first time via Skype on 29 July 2016 as part of a Western Port Biosphere water stewardship initiative in conjunction with Water Stewardship Australia.This initiative will allow students to share project experiences and data on water saving, water protection and water monitoring activities in their respective school grounds and local water catchments with the help of translators, including Water Stewardship Australia's Asia-Pacific Manager Zhenzhen Xu, who was in Australia to help finalise arrangements.
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International Student Collaboration to Protect our Biosphere Waterways
Western Port Biosphere holds second annual Biodiversity Forum
Over 80 people attended the 2nd annual Biodiversity Forum at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne on Friday 6th May 2016, which this year had a general theme of pest control. The Forum is an opportunity for the Biosphere to present the work being undertaken as part of the Australian Government-funded Growing Connections Project, and the projects of our partner councils, Landcare and community groups. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt also spoke at the event, and the keynote presentation was delivered by Professor John Woinarski, Deputy Director of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub in the National Environmental Science Programme at Charles Darwin University
Inghams Awarded World-First Gold Level Water Stewardship Certification
Western Port Biosphere and Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) are proud to announce that Inghams Enterprises, Somerville is the first site in Australia and internationally to receive gold level Water Stewardship certification.
Lifesearch 2015 will run from Saturday 17 October to Sunday 25 October. There are prizes for the school, and individual or group who record the most observations during Lifesearch.
Play a part in the future of the Western Port Biosphere
The Western Port Biosphere is seeking expressions of interest for up to five honorary positions on its Board. The terms of half the current Board members will expire in November 2015.
Keeping track of native and pest animals
The Western Port Biosphere invites residents of Yaringa, Cannons Creek, Warneet and Blind Bight to join in an animal survey which starts in August this year.
“We need baseline data about what animals are living in this area” said Cecelia Witton, Executive Officer of the Western Port Biosphere. “Residents of this area can help us with this important work by recording what native and pest animals they see on their properties and in neighbouring areas.”
Become a Water Steward
Water Stewardship is about looking after what goes into your creeks and streams. It is also about protecting our most precious resource—water—for the future.
We are working with Water Stewardship Australia to help schools, landholders and organisations to gain recognition for how they protect and manage our waterways.
Pilot Report Card launched
At the launch of the Western Port Biosphere’s Pilot Report Card today, Mr Duncan Malcolm, Chair of the Western Port Biosphere Foundation, said “This Report Card has been an opportunity for us to work together as a region. This is a Pilot Report Card showcasing what we are all doing to work towards sustainable development for the region.”
Full house at the Growing Connections Forum
Over 90 representatives from community groups, councils, state agencies and individual landholders attended the Growing Connections Biodiversity Planning Forum held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne on 17th April 2015.
Growing Connections works with our partners
Land restoration and re-vegetation will be the focus of nine new partnerships with community partners of the Western Port Biosphere Foundation.