A site of international importance
In 2004 The Trust supported the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society’s application to list the Manawatu Estuary under the Ramsar Convention. The Ramsar Convention (or Convention on Wetlands) is a treaty signed by over 150 countries wherein they agree to be part of international cooperation regarding the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
In July 2005, the Manawatu Estuary was listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar site no. 149).
Achieving Ramsar status was a large step forward in protecting the Manawatu Estuary for the future.