Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future
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Take part in events to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2018 and raise awareness of wetlands.


World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February to raise global awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. It also marks the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar.

World Wetlands Day has a different theme and message on a relevant subject set each year by the Ramsar Secretariat.

Wetlands for a sustainable urban future is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018.

Logo - World Wetlands Day 2 February 2018 - Wetlands for a sustainable urban future

Urban wetlands make cities more liveable as places to enjoy and for their role as water filters and in flood control. Lakes, ponds, rivers and steams enhance the landscape and are desirable places to live next to or overlook.

Less appealing are swampy areas or ephemeral wetlands periodically wet. These areas are often drained for urban development, especially if neglected and overgrown in weeds. However wetlands absorb and store excess rainfall and provide ‘green space’ for urban dwellers. Wetlands deserve to be loved!

Show you care by participating in, or organising, an activity for World Wetlands Day 2018. This could be:

  • a family picnic beside a lake or river with maybe kayaks to explore the waterway
  • a community walk, bike or run for wetlands
  • guided walk by an expert on wetland plants or birds
  • workshop or talk, for example, on flax weaving

There are lots of possibilities.

More information


National Wetlands Coordinator
Email: jsimmons@doc.govt.nz

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