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.  In 2023 the Ramsar Convention has called for a big effort internationally to restore wetlands. The theme is Its time for wetland restoration. Watch the short video from the Ramsar Secretary General for some key messages and calls to take action.

See a range of world-wide events planned for 2023, and register your own!

How will you celebrate World Wetlands Day?

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Check out some events planned for this year

Travis Wetland Open Day
2 Feb, Christchurch

Enjoy an evening guided walk to celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February. We’ll make a brief tour of the Tōtara/Mataī forest area at the southern end of the wetland. Meet at the Education Centre near the carpark at the end of Beach Rd by 6.30pm on Thursday, 2 February. Click on the adjacent image for a detailed map. Please join us.

Free guided kayaking
14 -15 Feb, Auckland

Join Auckland Parks team for a leisurly kayak along;
the Whau River (Archibald Park) – 13th Feb 11am – 1pm
Manuka Reserve (Waitemata Harbour) – 14th Feb 11am – 1pm

18 Feb, Canterbury

Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Taumutu Rūnanga invite you to celebrate WWD with a Bioblitz at Muriwai o Whata/Coopers Lagoon, a special place of cultural and natural significance. On-site at Muriwai o Whata/Coopers Lagoon. Located within the Selwyn District, just south of Taumutu. RSVP essential to by 15 February

Wetlands and your Farm Environment Plan
21 Feb - 3 March, Multiple regions

Join NZ Landcare Trust at a series of free regional webinar series to learn how to include wetlands in your farm environment plan. Explore: - Different types of wetlands - How to successfully restore, create and enhance wetland environments - How to improve water quality on your farms - Integrate wetlands in Farm Environment Plans - Region-specific challenges and solutions.

Online events - click link for calendar

Rohe Koreporepo Movie showing
25 Feb, Waikato

The National Wetland Trust is proud to host this extraordinary full length movie by film-maker Kathleen Gallagher. Travel throughout Aotearoa New Zealand from Whangamarino in the north to Ōkarito in the South with fishermen, local iwi, farmers, healers, artists, scientists, trappers, teachers and students – as they replant, reflood and restore our old intimate relationship with rohe kooreporepo our swamps our sacred places.
Entry fee applies
The Meteor Theatre, 1 Victoria Street, Hamilton , 4 pm. Panel discussion to follow.

Matuku Link Open Day
25 Feb, Auckland

Join Matuku Reserve Trust in West Auckland to enjoy their wetland restoration, go on guided walks and enjoy their new boardwalk.
10 am-3 pm
111 Bethells Rd, Waitakere, Auckland