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Conservation Gains, Big Challenges Ahead For DOC

4 December 2003

Conservation Gains, But Big Challenges Ahead For DOC

Department of Conservation pest control since 2000 has slowed the decline in native species populations, Conservation Minister Chris Carter said today.

Mr Carter was commenting on a report released today to Ministers by officials reviewing the first three years of implementation of the Government’s Biodiversity Strategy 2000-2020.

The New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy Third Annual Report 2002-2003 is the first annual report on the strategy to give early indications on whether objectives are being met.

“The department has slowed down ongoing decline in indigenous biodiversity and is doing well at specific sites under intensive management,” Mr Carter said. “The report suggests that more New Zealanders and government agencies will need to get involved in conservation to help DOC in protecting native species biodiversity.”

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