wetland loss

Revised extent of wetlands in New Zealand

Wetlands are highly valued and significant ecosystems with a large range of services and functions. To help manage and protect them, it is important to map and monitor their spatial extent and condition. However, wetlands have not yet been comprehensively and reliably mapped at the national level, although elements for mapping national coverage exist in two of our national databases: Waters of National Importance (WONI), and the New Zealand Land Cover Database (LCDB).