THE local experience of landholders, communities and government agencies working together to protect the Gippsland Lakes was recently shared with land managers from the Lake Limboto area of Indonesia.

Staff from the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s (WGCMA) Land Management Team shared the story of improving waterway health over the last twenty years.

The workshops were organised by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) as part of Australia’s MoU with Indonesia on sharing water knowledge and focussed on exchanging case studies on Lake Limboto in Indonesia and Lake Wellington and the Gippsland Lakes more generally.

Populated by subsistence farmers, the Lake Limboto area is affected by sediment and run off having a negative impact on waterway health.

“It was fascinating to see the challenges facing Indonesians which are in some ways similar to those faced here twenty years ago,” said Lands Program coordinator with the WGCMA, Anthony Goode.

Shayne Haywood, manager of WGCMA’s Land and Biodiversity Team, also joined Anthony Goode to discuss how Gippsland farm businesses have been assisted to change practices.

Examples included reducing run off from paddocks entering waterways to mitigate negative impacts on the Gippsland Lakes.

The Indonesian delegates to the online forum were interested to hear more detail on a range of subjects, ranging from data management and decision processes to measuring the success of projects over several years.