Welcome to our site

Welcome to the website of the Oceania programme of Wetlands International; the only global NGO dedicated to sustaining and restoring wetlands. This is a subsite of the global wetlands site and is maintained by our our offices in Australia and Fiji.

On this site, we present you our work (including a clickable map with our projects) and all our publications that result from our activities.

Feel free to contact us for questions about wetlands in Oceania or about our work.

Our latest publications

Waterbird Populations Estimates Fifth Edition

This is the Summary Report of the Fifth Edition of the Waterbird Population Estimates, whose main objective is to provide a global overview of the status and trends of world’s waterbird populations; one of the most remarkable components of global biodiversity. It accompanies the searchable online Waterbird Information Portal (http://www.wetlands.org), which provides unprecedented access to all the data and information from five editions, as part of Wetlands InternationaI’s continuing commitment to supporting the Ramsar Convention and all those concerned with wetland and waterbird conservation and wise use.

Strategic Intent 2011-2020

The Strategic Intent 2011-2020 is the ten year outlook for our organisation and the overarching strategy for the organisation worldwide. It reflects the new challenges for wetland conservation and the increasing relevance of wetland condition to human well-being in today’s world.


Migratory Shorebirds of the East Asian - Australasian Flyway; Population Estimates and Internationally Important Sites

The report provides the most recent estimates of population sizes of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian - Australasian Flyway and identifies internationally important sites by species and country.


For all our publications go to Watch & Read.

Swamp complex on floodplains in the Channel Country Ecoregion in Queensland, Australia

Our latest projects

Waterbird Population Estimates Database

The Waterbird Population Estimates (WPE) online database provides current and historic estimates, trends and 1% thresholds for over 800 waterbird species and 2300 biogeographic populations worldwide. This project has been developed by Wetlands International with the support of Environment Canada and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Visit the Waterbird Population Estimates Database

Wetlands, human health and food security in Pacific Islands

The overall goal of this project is development and donor agencies have policies and practices that fully recognise the interrelationships between wetlands, and human health and food security.

Wetlands and Livelihoods Programme

This programme focused on the mainstreaming of sustainable wetland management principles and practice into the development of poverty reduction strategies through local and international partnerships in DAC1 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It did so by enhancing of existing and supporting development of new policies at local, national and international levels, with specific inclusion of the water and health sectors and by ensuring due attention to the need for equitable development.


East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership Communication Support

The project involves creation of a special communication enhancement package to support the development of the East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership: the partnership aimed at conservation of the migratory waterbird populations and the wetland areas they depend on.

For more projects, go to all our projects.

Our latest news

New publication highlighting our work on Fiji

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Fiji launched their new publication at the Conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan with strong contributions and acknowledgements of our work in Fiji.

Two new species of freshwater fishes discovered in Vanua Levu (Fiji) now internationally recognized

Two new scientific papers have been published in the last several months highlighting the discovery of two new species of freshwater fishes unique to Fiji and only known from two river systems in Vanua Levu. Wetlands International –Oceania staff Aaron Jenkins and Kinikoto Mailautoka, made the new discoveries as part of surveys for the Ecosystem Based Management project over the last several years.

Series of Australian wetland and waterbird projects concluded

Wetlands International has concluded a series of surveys of wetlands and waterbirds in major wetland systems across diverse bioregions and river basins of Australia. During 2007-9, Brisbane-based staff and associates documented the biodiversity assets, importance and management issues of poorly-known wetlands on the tropical coasts of central and north-west Queensland, the arid inland Lake Eyre Basin, and temperate south coast of Western Australia. Outcomes are now being used by managers in planning for investment in natural respource and water/coastal management. Reports of these investigations are available from several sources.

Fiji’s inaugural Conservation Science Forum, 5–7 August, 2009

Wetlands International-Oceania (WI-O), in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), is hosting Fiji’s inaugural Conservation Science Forum from 5th – 7th of August, 2009. This is a three day event which will be held at Studio 6 apartments at 1-3 Walu street, Suva. Download the forum list of programmes.

Aquaculture diminishes native fish species in Fiji

The invasive fish species of Tilapia and Mosquitofish coming from badly constructed fish farms are diminishing native fish species in Fiji. This is the result of a six-year study to 20 catchments on the Pacific islands. ‘Invasive Alien Species’ is today’s International Day for Biological Diversity theme.

Surveys in Samoa expand island's known freshwater biodiversity

Surveys by scientists of Wetlands International Oceania, IUCN Ocenania and Paris Museum of Natural History in France confirmed that Samoa has a unique and highly threatened freshwater fauna. At least three new records of fish were recorded for Samoa including one (perhaps 2) potential new species to science.