Wetlands are areas of land covered or saturated with water and are home to many animals and plants.

Importance of wetlands

Protection of wetlands

Visit wetlands


Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Plants and animals in wetlands

Discover a wide range of plants and animals that are dependent on wetlands to survive and the main threats to their habitats.

Related information

About the Ramsar Convention

Some wetlands are protected by what’s known as the Ramsar Convention. Its full name is the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. It aims to promote and protect wetlands throughout the world. Today, it recognises and protects more than 192 million hectares of wetlands.

Coastal and estuaries management

Learn how the NSW Government supports local councils and communities to help manage our coasts and estuaries.
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