Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Applications invited for conservation grants

Hon Marian Hobbs: Applications invited for conservation grants

Wed, 11 Aug 2004

Applications invited for conservation grants

Farmers, community groups and others are invited to apply for funds to promote and care for plant and animal life on private land.


Farmers, community groups and others are invited to apply for funds to promote and care for plant and animal life on private land, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs and Conservation Minister Chris Carter said today.

The Biodiversity Condition and Advice Funds were established as part of the government's $187 million five-year biodiversity package in 2000. The contestable funding programmes are designed to help private landowners maintain native species values on their land.

There will be two bidding rounds this financial year totalling $4.1 million. The first opened on 9 August and closes on 27 September, with decisions announced before Christmas. The second round will be notified in the first quarter of 2005, with decisions announced by 30 June.

"We are committed to ensuring protection for our native plants and animals - New Zealand's unique biodiversity," Marian Hobbs said. "The funds support the great work private landowners are doing already for our special areas and species."

Mr Carter said that examples abounded of individuals and groups around the country with innovative ideas for conservation work on their land.

So far, examples of projects funded include predator trapping in Northland, pest eradication on Great Barrier Island, fencing at Lake Rotoehu, fencing and pest control in Makaretu Stream near Gisborne, controlling wilding pines in North Canterbury, and eradicating rats from Southern Titi Islands near Rakiura/Stewart Island.

Background information:

Biodiversity Condition Fund: aims to improve and maintain the condition of areas of native vegetation, species and habitats, including wetlands and water bodies. The fund seeks to broaden community effort in managing native species biodiversity, outside public conservation lands, and particularly areas under legal protection. Projects could involve, for example, fencing.

Biodiversity Advice Fund: supports the provision of information and advice to land owners to assist them in managing indigenous biodiversity. The funds provides assistance with providing information and advice on biodiversity and includes projects such as field days, expert advice, publications, training, and seminars.

Examples of projects: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/Documents/Files/Biodiversity%20Grants%202004%20 -%20regional%20details.pdf

Criteria: Applications to the Condition Fund are assessed against 10 criteria, including the biodiversity values involved, their representativeness and rarity, likely project outcomes, project feasibility, and threats to values to be protected. Many such areas are already protected by covenants by the QEII National Trust and a landowner contribution to the project is normally expected. Where areas are not protected by covenants, funds are generally allocated, subject to a satisfactory management agreement with the landowner.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news