Sunday, September 28, 2008

Christchurch restoration projects can benefit from Community Conservation Fund


Christchurch groups can benefit from the new Community Conservation Fund, which provides $4 million dollars over the next two years for ecological restoration projects on public land.

“Volunteer groups such as the Summit Road Society, Quail Island/Otamahua Restoration Trust, Coast Care and Weedbusters groups, and hapu at Rapaki are doing a tremendous job giving nature a helping hand,” Green Party Port Hills candidate, Joseph Burston said.

“People contribute a huge amount of their time and energy. The fund is a practical way of supporting these efforts. It will enable groups to access funding for tools, fencing, seedlings and specialist expert advice for planting or management plans,” he said.

The contestable fund secured by the Green Party in this year’s budget was launched on 24th September. Green Party conservation spokesperson, Metiria Turei says projects occurring on Council land, Crown land including conservation land, and Maori reserve land are eligible.

“These small and often under-resourced projects are vital, especially as the natural environment comes under increasing pressures from agribusiness, climate change and urbanisation. The projects also engage and educate the community on the value and enjoyment of conservation activities,” Mrs Turei said.

Metiria Turei is speaking at a public meeting and film screening in South Christchurch on Monday 29 September.

“Streamside planting to restore waterways, and removing invasive boneseed and other weeds on the Port Hills are practical ways people can take to respond to the loss of indigenous biodiversity. The fund should enable existing projects to expand and stimulate new ones,” Mr Burston said.

Metiria Turei said the fund is also available to assist projects on Maori reserve land that enhance biodiversity around marae, recreation grounds, waterways and reserves.

“In a time of increasing concern for food affordability, freshwater biodiversity restoration projects can help the ecosystems in which freshwater kaimoana like whitebait and eels also depend,” she said

She said the fund can help strengthen the partnership between community organisations, Maori land owners, local councils, the Department of Conservation.

Background

Metiria Turei, MP talks “Rivers, Recreation and Conservation”

Monday 29 September 7.30 pm -9.30 pm

Public meeting and showing of film “Longfin” a story about New Zealand rivers and eels.

Hohepa Canterbury, 23 Barrington St, Somerfield, South Christchurch

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