Wetlands are important for a number of reasons.
They perform environmental functions, including:
- helping to reduce the impacts from storm damage and flooding
- maintaining good water quality in rivers
- recharging groundwater
- storing carbon
- helping to stabilise climatic conditions
- controlling pests
- acting as important sites for biodiversity.
Wetlands also provide significant economic, social and cultural benefits.
- Wetlands are important for primary products such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry.
- Many coastal and inland wetlands are popular for tourism and recreational activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, camping and birdwatching.
- Wetlands have Aboriginal cultural significance, historical significance and are important for science and education.