Ramsar officials visited the Wairio wetland in March during their visit to Wellington, the host city for the Oceania preparatory meeting in the lead-up to the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) to be held in October 2018 in Dubai.
The meeting in March was attended by eight contracting parties in the Oceania Region, an observer from Vanuatu, which is in the process of accession, and observers from international and national organisations that work on wetland-related issues.
Ramsar officials said the Pre-COP meeting was an opportunity to discuss and give feedback on draft resolutions to be considered at the Ramsar COP13. It was also an opportunity to share experiences, information and
knowledge on wetland issues common to the region and identify opportunities for cooperation, learning and improved implementation of the convention.
The delegation thanked Ngati Hinewaka and Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Ducks Unlimited and the Department of Conservation for hosting the visit.
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance holds the unique distinction of being the first modern treaty between nations aimed at conserving natural resources.
The signing of the convention, now known as the Ramsar Convention, took place in 1971 at the small Iranian town of Ramsar.