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Freshwater wetlands and waterways

Wetlands come in many different types including streams, swamps, bogs, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, mudflats and flood plains. Wetlands are very important for many reasons. Wetlands provide many environmental services including trapping sediment, stopping topsoil being washed out to sea, providing carbon sinks, and trapping, storing, processing and recycling nutrients. They provide important habitats for many species including fish (as spawning sites), migrating birds and many plants that have very specific environmental needs. Around 30% of native bird species are specifically wetland species. Because New Zealand has already lost 90% percent of its wetlands, it is very important to protect those that remain.

This page provides useful resources to help you get started with your wetland and waterway restoration projects.

For more general information on getting started with restoration go to Getting Started.

This page provides Links to information about monitoring techniques especially for wetlands.

For more general techniques and monitoring planning go to Monitoring

This page provides links to resources to help you decide what and how to plant in your wetland or waterway. For general advice on eco sourcing, growing or planting,  go to planting.

There is some funding available for restoration specifically in wetlands. For more general funding information go to Funding