The National Wetlands Policy was developed to help manage the threats to wetlands and requires that the government protect, manage and restore wetlands in order to sustain and enhance their ecological and socio-economic values and function for current and future generations.
The major objectives related to protected areas include the:
- Encouragement of public protection of outstanding examples of wetlands in private ownership
- Inclusion of outstanding examples of each type of wetland in the national system of national parks and other protected areas
- Encouragement of the management of all privately owned wetlands to promote the protection of their functions
- Promotion of the use of publicly protected wetlands as demonstration examples for science, education and awareness
- Integration of management of wetlands with watershed and catchment area management.