World Wetlands Day in New Zealand



To celebrate World Wetlands Day, Greater Wellington held an information day at Waitangi Park on Friday, 2nd February. World Wetlands Day is an international celebration to raise awareness of the value and benefits of wetlands.

Over 100 people came along to find out how they can help protect and restore wetlands, and how they can get involved in a wetland project. Representatives from Wraight & Associates, the landscape architects who designed the Waitangi Park wetland, took four large groups tours around the park explaining the design of the wetlands and how they treat the stormwater that flows into it.

"Wetlands are essential in our environment as they are the kidneys of our water catchments. They filter out pollutants such as excess nutrients and sediment, from our streams and stormwater which end up in the sea. The healthier our wetlands are, the healthier our seas are and everything that lives in ours seas" explains Tim Park, Biodiversity & Wetlands Adviser at Greater Wellington.

'Our Take Care community groups and Wetland Incentive Programme are targeted to ensure our 'at risk' eco-systems are protected and managed with care throughout the region" says Cr Chris Turver, Environment Committee Chairman.

World Wetlands Day marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971. It is known as the Ramsar Convention because it was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. It is an inter-governmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

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