|Title||Northern Australia Aquatic Ecological Assets - Summary Report|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Close, PG, Dobbs, R, Davies, P|
|Series Title||North Australia Aquatic Ecological Assets|
|Keywords||aquatic ecological assets, Northern Australian|
Northern Australia hosts a range of high value aquatic ecosystems, including, estuaries, rivers, lakes and wetlands. These ecosystems have important intrinsic and cultural values, and among other things, provide clean water, food and recreational activities for people. Climate related changes in rainfall, run off and sea level, together with future development and expansion of agricultural, urban and industrial land use represent significant risks to these high value aquatic ecosystems. The systems support high biodiversity and many species of aquatic plants and animals that are found nowhere else. It is important that these valuable assets be sustainably managed and protected so that they provide ongoing value to both human activities and ecological requirements.