NSW Wetland Inventory

We’re collecting data and information about NSW wetlands to improve the way they’re managed.

About the NSW Wetland Inventory

Ibis in lignum rookeryThe Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is working on building a comprehensive inventory of all wetlands in New South Wales.

The aim is to improve the way wetlands are monitored and managed and to make high-quality data and information available to everyone.

Developing the NSW Wetland Inventory is listed as a high priority in OEH's Water and Wetland – Knowledge Strategy 2013–17

OEH has been running a pilot study to help develop the inventory.

What the inventory will do

The NSW Wetland Inventory will:

  • identify and map the extent and type of wetlands across NSW
  • publish comprehensive baseline data
  • develop guidelines to consistently map, classify and collect data for wetlands
  • ensure public access to wetland information.

What the inventory will achieve

Building the NSW Wetland Inventory will lead to the following outcomes:

  • Decisions about wetland management will be based on clear evidence.
  • All users will be able to find accurate wetland information quickly and easily.
  • Wetland information (including mapping and classification) will be created, maintained and stored in a standard way.
  • Monitoring and reporting changes to wetlands will be simpler and clearer.

Why the inventory is needed

Wetland and trees in evening lightUp to now, data and information on NSW wetlands have not been collected systematically or in a coordinated way. This has led to gaps in knowledge about the location, extent and type of wetlands across NSW, as well as about the way they are managed.

This means wetland managers and scientists are unable to make decisions based on rigorous evidence.

For example, managers can't compare information collected at one wetland with information from another wetland. In addition, they may have no information at all for some wetlands.

Similarly, scientists can't select wetlands for sampling and monitoring if they don't know where the wetlands are or what wetland types exist in their study area.

This limits their ability to study ecosystem processes, the impact of land use and management practices, and potential impacts of climate change.

Who will use the inventory?

The NSW Wetland Inventory and its products are intended to be used by everyone who needs or wants to use them.

They will be available online as part of OEH’s commitment to open data and information.

OEH is working with stakeholders to make sure the inventory is valuable to as many people as possible. The stakeholders include:

  • local, state and Commonwealth government
  • non-government, not-for-profit and community organisations
  • internal stakeholders within OEH
  • consultants
  • researchers and students
  • landholders
  • other members of the public.

Wetlands that will be included

The NSW Wetland Inventory will include mapping and core data for all surface-water wetlands in NSW.

At this stage underground wetlands (such as Karst ecosystems) and marine wetlands that are permanently inundated by seawater are not planned for inclusion in the inventory.

The inventory will include these additional wetlands if resources for their data collection are made available in the future.

How you can get involved

Do you need wetland data and information on either a state or regional scale?

Please contact us so we can find out what your needs are by phone 1300 361 967 or email info@environment.nsw.gov.au.