Angophora Over Noosa River Wetlands

Australian Wetland Network

The Australian Wetland Network (AWN) is a national network of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and community groups involved in conservation and wise use of wetlands.

To achieve conservation and wise use of wetlands in Australia.

To promote implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Australia, enabling NGO leadership, communication and the development of alliances and networks.

AWN was initially established in 1994 to facilitate input by NGOs to the Ramsar Conference of Parties held in Brisbane in 1996.
It now represents 39 members with an ongoing role in wetland conservation, strategic planning, national reporting and policy.
AWN is guided by a Reference Group with 6 members. It is supported by the NSW Government with funding through its Environmental Trust. On international wetland issues it is affiliated informally with the World Wetland Network. The AWN Secretariat was hosted by WetlandCare Australia from 2007, and passed to Conservation Volunteers following the merger between the two organisations in 2015.
New members for both the network itself and the Reference Group are welcome. For membership inquiries & further information contact the Secretary

World Wetland Network
Conservation Volunteers Australia and New Zealand is proud to support the World Wetland Network including the appointment of Louise Duff, Conservation Volunteers’ Program Manager as the Chair of the network in October 2016, noting the close alignment between WWN’s commitment to supporting community-based wetland conservation with Conservation Volunteer’s partnership approach and practical achievements engaging thousands of volunteers a year in nature conservation.
The World Wetland Network is a global network of over 2,000 non-government organisations initiated at the Ramsar Conference of the Parties (COP) in South Korea, 2008. The network supports members in their broader wetland conservation activities, making a positive contribution to delivery of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, and supports NGOs to arrive at Ramsar meetings well prepared, and participate effectively.

Feature photo: Ben Blanche Angophora Over Noosa River

What can you do ?

If you’re looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity we’d love you to get involved in the Australian Wetland Network.

Sign up to WetlandLink, or contact your nearest Conservation Volunteers Australia office to find out about local volunteer opportunities.


Would you like to be part of protecting and restoring wetlands? You can do so by donating through our secure online system.


By volunteering on one of our field projects, you can make a practical contribution and help .

Together we can ensure Australia’s plants and animals continue to survive.