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The Nelson Biodiversity Strategy launched on 5 June 2007 at the blind channel end of the Tahunanui Back Beach. The Strategy, adopted by Nelson City Council on 1 May 2007, represents a first for the Council. Not only is it the first of its kind to be adopted in the Top of the South Island, it was initiated and developed by a group of 22 partner organisations, ranging from Forest and Bird to Federated Farmers.
The draft strategy was then recommended to Council by the partners. Council then approved it for public consultation in December 2006. Normally Council staff develop such a strategy internally and then seek input and approval from community partners and stakeholders--the Nelson Biodiversity Strategy has effectively reversed this process.
The focus of the strategy is on aligned action on biodiversity by responsible agencies and the community. “Biodiversity” is the full range of living things that interact with one another and their environment.
Funding has been sourced from central government that will allow five action plans to be created as outlined in the Biodiversity Strategy. This again will be done in partnership with the groups that have helped to draft the Strategy. Council then aims to access more central government funding to get down to the nuts and bolts work that could be involved. This might range from pest eradication programmes to educational or promotional events.
Find out about the Nelson Biodiversity Forum, the group of partner organisations working to implement the Nelson Biodiversity Strategy.
The organisations that have been instrumental in the development of the Biodiversity strategy are:
The seven principles for biodiversity management action by the parties to this strategy are:
Biodiversity based industries are the source of the majority of employment in the region (horticulture, agriculture, forestry and fishing), not to mention the contribution biodiversity makes to our natural heritage, sense of belonging, health and wellbeing.
The purpose of the strategy is ‘to create a rich and sustainable future for Nelson through aligned action on biodiversity by responsible agencies and by the community’.
The Biodiversity Strategy will be monitored and reviewed. Monitoring will measure amongst other things; area of restored or re-vegetated native environment, the number of locally threatened native species made secure and the number of invasive weeds and pests eradicated or brought under effective management in Nelson City. The strategy will be reviewed every three years in advance of the Nelson LTCCP.