World Wetlands Day

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World Wetlands Day is held on February 2nd every year to celebrate the 1971 adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian City of Ramsar.  

The theme for World Wetlands Day 2018 is: Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future

Half of humanity - about 4 billion people - live in urban areas today. By 2050 that proportion will reach 66% as people move to cities in search of jobs and a vibrant social life. As cities expand and demand for land increases, the tendency is to encroach on wetlands, they are degraded, filled in and built upon. Yet when left intact or restored, urban wetlands make cities liveable. In cities around the world, urban wetlands help to:

  1. Reduce flooding
  2. Replenish drinking water
  3. Filter waste and improve water quality
  4. Improve urban air quality
  5. Promote human well-being
  6. Enable people to earn a living

Find out more about the theme and resource material from the Ramsar website


Rotopiko Bioblitz 17 Feb 2018

Join our Bioblitz on Saturday 17 February 2018 to celebrate World Wetlands Day. A group of scientists will be on hand to collect and display a wide range of plants and animals (or evidence of them through photos/ footprints) living at Rotopiko wetland south of Hamilton.
We aim to document species from inside and outside the innovative pest exclusion fence, to examine the outcome of pest eradication.  The general public will be able to talk to scientists about their findings and see how samples are collected. This event is sponsored by Landcare Research, and was gifted to the Trust by the Landcare Research Bioblitz Competition winner Dr Monica Peters.

For more details, or to contribute, contact



Find out more about the Ramsar Convention.

Bookmark our website for updates on future NWT World Wetlands Day events.


Regional Events


27 January 2018  Kai Iwi Lakes Open Day. Enjoy the amazing biodiversity of Kai Iwi dune lakes through fun activities everyone can try.


3 February 2018  Wild For Taranaki World Urban Wetlands Day Scavenger Hunt. What makes urban wetlands special? Be prepared to walk, run and hop to find the clues and answer questions. Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.


3 February 2018 Matuku Link Celebration, 111 Bethell's Road, West Auckland


3 February Sinclair Wetlands Planting Day. Collaboration event with PanPac Sawmill, 33 Limeworks Rd, Milburn, Milton.


3-4 February 2018 World Wetlands Day at Sanctuary Mountain. Discounted tours to Tautari wetland, home to tuatara and takahe.


4 February 2018.  Kayaking At Grovetown Lagoon. Celebrate World Wetlands Day with lots to see and learn. Kayaks and lifejackets provided.


17 February 2018 Rotopiko Bioblitz, Free Family Fun Day, Te Awamutu


10 February 2018 Guided walk at Harbourview-Orahingia Reserve, Te Atatu North, Auckland with Forest & Bird Motu Manawa Restoration Group