Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Collaborative action on biodiversity

Collaborative action on biodiversity – the sum is greater than the parts

“This is such a powerful model of community led change, of Māori and non-Māori working hand in hand, it should be considered in all work being undertaken across government.”

That’s the view of Sharlene Maoate-Davis, co-chair of the Collaborative Working Group that recently launched the next phase of a project to establish a framework for improving biodiversity in the Wellington Region.

The working group will harness the potential of many organisations, large and small, formal and informal, involved in biodiversity. Its purpose is to better support, connect and enable the ground swell of community biodiversity and conservation leadership happening across the region.

The project is a partnership between Greater Wellington Regional Council, mana whenua, the Department of Conservation and a range of representative community leaders from diverse sectors across the region. It reflects the importance of broad-based solutions in creating enduring results.

Paul Blaschke, co-chair of the working group, is excited about the opportunities for the project. “We have a big challenge ahead of us over the next 18 months. We’re just getting our heads around its dimensions but strong contributions from group members have put many of the building blocks in place. It’s a great start to a project that will foster the well-being of our treasured species and bring many groups in the biodiversity community together to achieve that goal.”

Many groups work at different levels in biodiversity, from local to region-wide projects, on both specific and broad-based issues. A key objective of the framework is to create a clearer collective picture of what we want to achieve in fostering biodiversity.

This enables more effective and coordinated planning and support, and better communication and knowledge sharing between all involved in creating and sustaining habitats.

“Cooperation and coordination will ensure that the sum of the project is greater than its parts,” says Paul Blaschke.

The 60 or so attendees to the launch included Greater Wellington Regional Councillors, Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy, Cr Tui Lewis from Hutt City Council and Cr Chris Peterson from Masterton District Council. It also included representatives from the Department of Conservation, Forest and Bird, Zealandia, Victoria University of Wellington, Federated Farmers, the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, Sustainable Coastlines, landowners, community groups and interested individuals.

The launch included a workshop session and presentations from a number of Working Group members, focusing on the growing presence of native biodiversity in the region and the importance of connecting communities to the land and our special taonga.

A National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity and a New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy are currently being prepared by government and it is anticipated they will place greater emphasis on regional direction for environmental gains. This project will look to understand how, as a region, we can best support thriving biodiversity enabled by aligned agencies and community leadership.

In addition, Greater wellington has just released its Greater Wellington Regional Pest Management Plan 2019-39 which, by managing pest plants and animals, lays the ground for biodiversity gains.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Saudi Oil Refinery Crisis

So the US and the Saudis claim to have credible evidence that those Weapons of Oil Destruction came from Iran, their current bogey now that Saddam Hussein is no longer available.

Evidently, the world has learned nothing from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when dodgy US intel was wheeled out to justify the invasion of Iraq, thereby giving birth to ISIS and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. More>>

 

PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>

ALSO:

'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

ALSO:

Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels