The Convention on Wetlands is an inter-governmental treaty which
provides the framework for national action and international cooperation
for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their sources.
It is the only global environmental treaty that deals with a particular
Conservation Order Application:
Conservation orders can be applied for through the Ministry for
the Environment, for rivers that meet certain criteria of outstanding
scenic, wildlife, fishery and/or ecological values. Conservation
orders can be designed to protect a multitude of values including
irrigation takes and can reinforce minimum flow provisions of district
Opposition to current hydro application:
Marlborough's iconic Wairau River is currently threatened by an
inappropriate hydro proposal and Save the Wairau River Inc is working
to protect the water system by becoming involved in the RMA process.