World Wetlands Day 2023 – Why is it time for wetland restoration?

World Wetlands Day was on the 2nd of February and the theme for this year is worth sharing, because it speaks so clearly to one of our core purposes at NGT. Yes, we couldn’t have picked a better theme!

It’s time for wetland restoration

While we often produce materials of our own for communicating with the community about what we do and why, this year’s theme means we can simply share the materials prepared by the International Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands with you.

Wetland loss is a global issue and so these themes are relatively consistent all over the world.
So firstly, why is it time for wetland restoration?

Secondly, here are some best practice suggestions for wetland restoration:

… and finally, what are the benefits of wetland restoration?

By the way, if you are a teacher, and are interested in accessing these and other materials to share with your students, you can find them here.

PS – If you aren’t familiar with our work, and are interested to see what wetland restoration looks like on the ground, then please take a look at the photo below which shows a spectacular view of a complex of restored wetlands adjacent to the Grampians National park, including one of our restoration reserves, Walker Swamp. You can also read this story from our December newsletter – where we went ‘around the grounds’ to check in on a range of our wetland restoration projects.

Yes, as well as being good for planet, wetland restoration is also spectacular!

The restored complex of wetlands on the upper Wannon River, on the edge of the Grampians National Park, that includes Brady Swamp Gooseneck Swamp and Walker Swamp, in November 2022. Photo: Mark Bachmann
Mark Bachmann