And welcome to our initiative
The Aspiring Biodiversity Trust is helping to protect and enhance indigenous biodiversity within the Makarora/ Makarore Wilkin/ Otanenui Catchments from ridge to river.
At the same time raising awareness of the importance of the natural world and connecting people with nature!
The project area encompasses many of Aotearoa’s iconic and highly threatened species such as rock wren, kea and whio of the Wilkin and Siberia Valleys. The beech/podocarp forest for kaka and long-tailed bat pekapeka-tou-roa and the braided river for black-fronted tern tarapiroe and wrybill ngutuparore. The location has unique cultural significance to mana whenua, high-country farmland and is in part a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Biodiversity (from “biological diversity”) refers to the variety of life on earth. Composed of all plants and animals (inc. their genes) and the ecosystems that support them.
Biodiversity encompasses and forms the foundation of the vast array of ecosystem services. The evolutionary, ecological, and cultural processes that sustain life. At a critical level such systems are fundamental to human wellbeing.
“Global biodiversity restoration ~ intrinsically linked to climate change resilience.“
“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.“
-Sir David Attenborough
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The persistence of indigenous biodiversity is an indication of ecosystem health, recognising the inter-connectedness of land, water and the community (ki uta ki tai – the Ngāi Tahu whole system approach).
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