About us

We are the Oceania branch of the global organisation Wetlands International, dealing with various projects in this area.
Wetlands International operates in Australia and the Pacific Islands from offices in Canberra and Brisbane (Australia) and Suva (Fiji).

Wetlands International is the only global NGO dedicated to the conservation and wise use of wetlands. We work globally, regionally and nationally to achieve the conservation and wise use of wetlands, in order to benefit biodiversity and human well-being. Wetlands International operates worldwide through 12 regional offices and seven project offices, all supported by our headquarters in the Netherlands.

We are supported by governmental and non-governmental members and by numerous sponsors, supporting the more than 100 projects that our worldwide organisation is currently conducting. Our projects [link to office project site] vary from field work, for example, aiding local communities in replanting degraded wetlands, to investigating the state of the world wetlands and advocating our views at governmental meetings.

The Wetlands International team in Oceania comprises a small number of highly experienced wetland specialists who have worked extensively in Oceania, Asia and other regions of the world.

Canberra, Australia (headquarters of operation in Oceania).
This office was hosted by the Australian Government's Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) from 1995 to 2006, but recently relocated to commercial premises within walking distance of DEH. Wetlands International works closely with the Australian Government on implementation of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, migratory shorebirds and other strategic wetland conservation initiatives. At present this office accommodates two staff and they work on projects mainly in Australia and the Flyway countries of East Asia.

Doug Watkins - Manager / Canberra Office
Warren Lee Long - Senior Program Officer / Canberra Office

Brisbane, Australia
This office has been hosted by the Queensland State Government's Environmental Protection Agency since 2000. Wetlands International supports the Queensland Government by providing technical advice on wetlands and their biodiversity and collaborates on relevant projects. At present this office accommodates one staff member, working on projects mainly in Australia and providing some support to Pacific Island projects.

Roger Jaensch - Senior Program Officer / Brisbane Office

Suva, Fiji
This office has been hosted by the University of the South Pacific (Marine Studies Programme) for several years. Wetlands International supports the University in contributing to post-graduate training on wetlands and their biodiversity and assists the Government of Fiji by providing technical advice on wetlands, their biodiversity and implementation of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. At present this office accommodates one staff member, working on projects mainly in the Melanesia sub-region (Pacific Islands), especially Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Aaron Jenkins - Senior Program Officer / Suva Office

Canberra Office

The administrative office for Oceania operations, Canberra, Australia