National Wetland Restoration Symposium 2016: Call for Presentations

The 7th National Wetland Restoration Symposium will be held at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology from 10-12 February 2016. Ruud Kleinpaste, the highly engaging and entertaining “Bug Man” is confirmed as the Keynote Speaker.

National Wetland Restoration symposia are run every two year to bring together community groups, landowners, iwi, scientists, wetland managers and students who are interested in sharing and learning about wetland restoration. Usually spread over three days, the symposia include field trips, practical training opportunities, soapbox sessions and presentations from a wide range of enthusiasts and professionals.

The 2016 Symposium theme, Wetlands for Life, highlights the vital role of wetlands in providing life-supporting ecosystem services, and opportunities to engage our young people in a life-time relationship with one of our most valuable, yet depleted ecosystem types.

Session themes may include

  • Maintaining essential ecosystem services
  • Indigenous biodiversity of wetlands
  • Engaging youth in wetland conservation and management
  • Environmental education
  • Citizen science projects and applications
  • Communities restoring wetlands
  • Advances in wetland science

The committee is now accepting abstracts from those wishing to give a presentation. Presentations will be 15 mins duration and are encouraged from wetland managers, students, iwi representatives, educators, NGOs, local and central government, and research agencies. Further details for speakers will be made available on the Symposium website.

Please submit your abstract by 30 October 2015 via:

Registration will open in November via

Thanks to our sponsors: DoC Arawai Kakariki Programme, DoC/Fonterra Living Water programme, Wildland Consultants, Landcare Research.