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Solutions: Biodiversity 

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The Challenge in Tairāwhiti

 [Discussion here about the current biodiversity crisis, investment being left to donation, volunteers or limited government funding. Current stats on declining and threatened species. Implications for wider food system and ecosystems if we continue and see full biodiversity collapse. Extended to the sea also which is being effected by sediment from rivers]

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Solutions we've heard at Exchange Cafe

  • Wide spread predator trapping of possum, stoats and deer. Check out Sam The Trap Man's guide here. 
     

  • New native planting with naturally occurring species - Ron Taiapa walked us through how to identify a good native site to model planting from! 
     

  • Restoring wetlands on farms and land blocks. Steve Sawyer walked us through best practice
     

  • Launch a biodiversity credit to bring economic value to those taking action to preserve biodiversity. Listen to David Hall talk through how it could create thousands of new nature-based jobs

  •  Creating wildlife corridors to ensure
     

  • Backyard trapping projects to protect urban forest cover and next plantings. Check out Predator Free Tairāwhiti Project underway. 
     

  • Grow a generation of biodiversity literate students through nature-based education curriculums. See John's tips for create great outdoor classrooms

Action already happening in our community

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Projects ready to start or already underway

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