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 2021 the theme is Wetlands and Water.
The 2021 theme highlights the role wetlands play in:
- clean water
- ecosystem resilience
- sustainable livelihoods and jobs
- biodiversity conservation
- storm protection
- carbon storage
- climate change adaptation
- health and well-being
- tourism and recreation
The National Wetland Trust will celebrate in the Waikato with our freshwater apex predator, the long-fin eel. We are planning a Tuna Hikoi/Eel Journey, a mystery tour for families to explore the district, learn about eels and their habitats and compete for prizes.
Free entry (koha appreciated). The tour is a self-drive event on paved public roads, and will include some easy walking. BYO drinking water and snacks. Allow around 3 hours. Tour starts and finishes at Lake Ngaroto (Te Awamutu). Final registration at 12.30. Prize-draw at 3 pm at Lake Ngaroto.