World Wetlands Day

Held on February 2nd annually

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

Each year there’s a new theme for World Wetlands Day and events are held throughout the country.  This year the theme is Wetlands and Climate Change, to draw attention to the vital role of wetlands as a natural solution to cope with climate change.

In 2018 the NWT held a Rotopiko Bioblitz, with a group of scientists on hand to collect and display the wide range of plants and animals (or evidence of them through photos/ footprints) living at Rotopiko/Lake Serpentine. The event was sponsored by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and was gifted to the NWT by the Landcare Research Bioblitz Competition winner Dr Monica Peters. 

Watch a video about the Rotopiko NZ first Bioblitz. 

If you are planning a World Wetlands Day event, have some great event ideas, or are interested in volunteering at an event please contact us.

Find out more about this year’s theme and resource material from the Ramsar website.

International Photo Competition

Vote for your favourite photo in the international photo competition. There’s a stunning range of images submitted, and even a few from New Zealand.

Check out some NZ World Wetland Day events for 2019

Predators and peat lakes
31 Jan, Waikato

Join the National Wetland Trust and NZ Landcare Trust in Ohaupo to hear about the many groups and volunteers restoring Waipa Peat lakes.

Matuku Open Day
2 Feb, Auckland

Join Forest and Bird in West Auckland to enjoy their wetland restoration and a chance to see pateke/brown teal

Wetland Working Bee
2 Feb, Waikato

Join a farming family to release trees planted in their wetland restoration site on their property 20 mins drive from Cambridge.

Guided kayak tours
3 Feb, Blenheim

Free kayak tours operated by the Department of Conservation.

Rotokare Willow Working Bee
3 Feb, Taranaki

Help with some willow management-suitable for every skill level. Free lunch and good banter for all volunteers afterwards.​

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