Image: Local restoration project at Greendale Reserve.
There is strong impetus to protect our remaining biodiversity and local government and communities have an important part to play in helping prevent the loss of native species.
Increasing numbers of Kāpiti residents are working to enhance our biodiversity. Community environmental restoration groups have increased from 13 in 2005 to 22 in 2012. To find out more about community environmental restoration in Kāpiti, go here.
However, the majority of ecologically significant sites in Kāpiti are privately owned. The Council offers assistance to landowners to protect and enhance these sites, including contributions to associated costs, rates remissions for covenanted land, and advice from specialist biodiversity staff. Assistance is also available from other organisations. To learn more about funding opportunites, go here.
Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand has an extensive section on conservation.
The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network provides information about native plants and their conservation in New Zealand. The Network's main focus is the nationally threatened plants and plant communities that require conservation management to survive.
Everyone can play a role in supporting environmental restoration. To learn more about environmental restoration groups in your area, go here.
Te Horo Gravel Beach - Interim Pest Plant Control and Restoration Strategy
This document provides a strategy and work programme to restore the native vegetation communities to the Te Horo Gravel Beach. The focus of work will be to replace the exotic plant dominance with native plants, and to restore the natural native cover.