What can I do?

Wetland at Cobourg Peninsula

Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory (2009)

Photo: J. Muirhead

To get involved in your local wetland, contact your state government, local Natural Resource Management group, Catchment Management Authority or non-government organisation for opportunities to be involved in local wetland activities.

Non-government organisations involved in the conservation of Australian wetlands

If your non-government organisation is involved in the conservation of wetlands and would like to be listed here, please contact wetlandsmail@environment.gov.au

Australian Wetlands Alliance

Australian Wetlands Alliance (AWA) represents a broad range of more than 70 non-government conservation groups with an interest in wetlands. AWA is an umbrella network, coordinating input from the organisations into the National Report to the Conference of Parties of the Convention on Wetlands as well as supporting wetlands conservation initiatives of its member groups.

Australian Wetlands Alliance
c/o WetlandCare Australia.
PO Box 114, Ballina NSW 2478.
(02) 6681 6169

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is Australia's largest practical conservation organisation. Revive our Wetlands Stage 1 (2001-2003) was a landmark partnership between CVA and BHP Billiton and was one of the largest national practical wetland revitalisation programs in Australia. It addressed the degraded state of 100 of Australia's high priority wetlands by providing each site with practical project conservation assistance from teams of CVA volunteers. Revive our Wetlands Stage 2 (2004-2006) continued to make major impacts on wetlands by focussing on 10 priority sites across Australia.

Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia

The Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia is located west of Newcastle, New South Wales. It is situated on 45 hectares of rehabilitated wetland on the edge of Hexham Swamp where more than 170 species of birds have been recorded, with over 30 of those breeding on the site. The centre's role is to promote scientific research, conservation and rehabilitation of wetlands and their flora and fauna, as well as public education to engender greater appreciation of wetlands.

NSW Murray Wetlands Working Group

The NSW Murray Wetlands Working Group (MWWG) is an independent, community based wetland rehabilitation group, operating within the Murray Valley of NSW since 1992. The MWWG consists of 20 members drawn from community, industry, Local Government, Catchment Management Authorities, Government Agencies, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre. The Group is dedicated to the rehabilitation of wetlands by using science to underpin community endorsed and supported projects. Since 2000, the Group has also been managing up to 32,000 megalitres of Adaptive Environmental Water to improve wetlands within the Murray Valley.

Wetlands International

Wetlands International is a non-profit, science-based organisation governed by a global board comprising representatives of over 50 member countries, international organisations and wetland specialists. Wetlands International's mission is to sustain and restore wetlands, their resources and biodiversity for future generations through research, information exchange and conservation activities worldwide. Wetlands International—Oceania serves Australia and the Pacific Islands region from offices in Canberra, Brisbane and Suva.

WetlandCare Australia

WetlandCare Australia is a volunteer-based not-for-profit conservation company established in 1991 in response to the loss and destruction of Australia's wetlands. The organisation's vision is: 'Healthy wetlands for healthy rivers: special forever'. WetlandCare Australia's mission is: 'to harness community, business and government resources so that together we can work with landholders to enhance Australia's wetlands'. WetlandCare Australia is involved in wetland rehabilitation and management, project funding and management, wetland information exchange and community wetlands education.

World Wide Fund for Nature Australia

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia works with communities, governments, individuals and businesses throughout Australia and the Oceania region to preserve natural resources. WWF Australia focuses on practical solutions and is involved in a wide range of environmental programs and projects throughout the world. Activities involve fieldwork, policy and advocacy, research, community education, partnerships and capacity building. WWF takes an eco regional approach to embrace all the ecological, social and economic issues that impact on the problem.