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Nature Space clocks 200 restoration groups

Media release
3 December 2013

Nature Space clocks 200 restoration groups

The number of community restoration groups registered with the Nature Space website has doubled in the last year. The site allows individuals and groups undertaking ecological restoration to promote projects, record data, and access advice and resources.

‘Membership on the Nature Space website has grown to 200 restoration groups representing 26,306 individuals,’ said DOC Nature Space spokesperson Angus Hulme-Moir.

‘The amazing work carried out by these groups and individuals is making enormous gains for conservation around the country. The group data snapshot on the website shows 1.3 million plants have gone in the ground and thousands of animal pests have been killed.’

The groups and individuals represented on the site are involved in ecological restoration projects across the country, from the Whakaangi Landcare Trust in the Far North to the Stewart Island Rakiura Community & Environment Trust.

The site grew out of a need identified by the conservation community to have a one-stop-shop to access resources and share information about ecological restoration in New Zealand. It is an independent initiative, supported by a collective group of agencies, councils, non-government organisations and community trusts.

Whether you are an individual landowner re-planting a wetland or a group running a predator control programme, the Resource Centre provides access to useful advice and guidance. The information available covers a range of topics such as restoration techniques, health and safety guidelines, funding opportunities and training resources.

There are many ways to use and be involved in Nature Space, for more information visit naturespace.org.nz.

Background

Nature Space was officially launched on April 26, 2012.

Nature Space is an independent initiative, with funding and oversight provided by a steering committee of representatives from WWF, QEII Trust, Horizons Regional Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Wellington City Council, Department of Conservation, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Auckland Council and Landcare Trust.

Additional financial and technical support is provided by others including Hutt City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council and Landcare Research.

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