New Zealand's wetland inventory on line


From the Science & Technical Publishing team, Research, Development & Improvement Division, Department of Conservation, Wellington, New Zealand:

In 1996, the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) published A DIRECTORY OF WETLANDS IN NEW ZEALAND. It was compiled by Pam Cromarty and edited by Derek A. Scott for DOC, the International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau (IWRB), and Ramsar Convention Bureau. The Directory describes 73 wetlands and wetland complexes that meet the criteria for international importance (it is not a comprehensive listing of ALL wetlands in New Zealand). The wetlands have been selected on the basis of criteria developed in relation to the Ramsar Convention. Although special attention is paid to the importance of the wetlands for wildlife, all wetland values including water storage, flood control, coastal protection and fisheries production have been taken into consideration. The contents of this book (394 p.) are now available on the DOC website, organised by the 13 Conservancies from North to South. Note that the pdf files are an accurate representation of the text as first published, except for some minor formatting changes (e.g. line and page breaks may be slightly different). This is effectively a reprint, not a revision of the 1996 publication. Some hardcopies are still available for purchase: (NZ$40.00).

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