Auckland Growing Greener 2: A follow up from our last item. Auckland has an instantly recognisable, diverse natural environment made up of volcanic cones and craters, forests, streams, wetlands, estuaries and harbours, and an intricate coastline including sand dunes and a number of islands scattered around the gulf. These features support a rich variety of plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Many of Auckland’s best examples of rare vegetation types are found in the urban environment. Patches of bush, wetlands and parks provide habitats for a surprising range of native species. The native birds, frogs, lizards, insects and marine life that make their homes in the treasured spaces of our regional parks and sometimes in our own back yards, are under threat.
Urban sprawl, loss of trees, rural production, marine pollution and changes to climate all put pressure on our natural ecosystems. Introduced plants and animals also present a major threat to many native species. The vision of the Auckland Plan and the Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy is for thriving biodiversity on public and private land. Natural habitats in urban areas act as stepping stones and corridors where indigenous species can rest, feed, roost and move across the landscape. They can also provide homes for rare and threatened species that prefer different types of habitat.
To prevent further loss and to recreate thriving natural spaces, the council will continue to lead and support Aucklanders in their world leading restoration and biosecurity efforts through a number of specific goals.
Auckland Growing Greener 2: wild and special places, such as Little Barrier – Hauturu Island, Tawharanui Peninsula and the Hunua and Waitākere Ranges parks, is a vital part of this. Work is also underway to further protect freshwater and marine biodiversity.
Key projects include:
• identifying, protecting and restoring high-priority species and ecosystems across the region, designating about 3000 significant ecological areas (SEAs) on land and identifying and proposing SEAs for the marine environment
• establishing Waitawa and Te Arai regional parks
• large-scale animal pest control such as Project Hunua
• preventing the spread of pests through Regional Pest Management Plan programmes such as Keep Kauri Standing – a cross-agency response to manage kauri dieback and Treasure Islands, a joint venture with the Department of Conservation on Hauraki Gulf islands
• threatened species protection e.g. takahē release at Tawharanui Regional Park, and seed orchards and seed banking of threatened plants at Auckland Botanic Gardens
• restoring local ecology.
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