Manuka beettle on Maud Island
Image: Sabine Bernert  ©


The word biodiversity is short for ‘biological diversity’ and simply means the variety of life on earth.


This variety includes all plants, animals and micro-organisms, the genes they contain and the ecosystems they form. The term is often used to measure the richness of life based on its variety and inter-connectedness.


The New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 

Establishes a framework for action to conserve and sustainability use and manage New Zealand's biodiversity.

New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy (PDF, 3,148K)

Biodiversity offsetting

Our biodiversity faces many threats, including loss associated with development. Biodiversity offsetting can help address this.

Biodiversity offsetting

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