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Conservation is an investment for our identity, our quality of life and to underpin our economic prosperity.

Conservation is an investment

Conservation is an investment in:

  • our identity as New Zealanders – looking after the places we live, work and play in that support our social, physical, cultural and spiritual health.
  • our quality of life – because a healthy environment provides us with benefits such as clean water, healthy soils, clean air, flood protection and erosion control.
  • our economic prosperity – underpinning New Zealand’s thriving tourism sector, its ‘New Zealand 100% Pure’ export brand, and the natural resources that support primary industries like fishing, farming, forestry and renewable energy.

Growing our investment

Everything we collectively do to maintain and restore New Zealand’s natural heritage – its native species and the places in which they live is an investment in our future wellbeing and prosperity.

More and more, people are getting involved in conserving New Zealand’s natural heritage – as individuals, groups, businesses and agencies.

Planning and working smarter

New Zealand has about 2,800 known endangered species, and we actively work on about 200 of these.

To help increase the number of species being worked on and to maximise the Government’s investments in conservation on behalf of New Zealanders, we are investing a lot in planning and working smarter, and in sharing tools, knowledge and data with communities, tangata whenua, research agencies, local and central government, and others.

It’s also about taking a national approach to biodiversity monitoring, so we can continue to learn and improve, and so we can understand what is happening to New Zealand’s native plants and animals over time.

A national view

A national view means that everybody’s conservation work can be more efficient and effective. For example, we can be very clear about why it invests in particular work and be sure its efforts are targeted at the right places and the right species to achieve the most for conservation.

Such a view will also help others – local government, communities, tangata whenua, research agencies, etc– choose where to direct their efforts to achieve the most for their own conservation goals. Working together, we can all help to increase the number of native species and places that are worked on.

Communities and tangata whenua

We are bringing a national perspective on conservation to its talks with communities and tangata whenua about how to manage New Zealand’s native species and natural places.

These conversations will help identify what is valued at local places, how these fit the bigger picture and what communities want to achieve for natural heritage in their region.

All of this will be captured in each CMS. These strategies guide how we manage the places and natural resources we are responsible for, and also highlight what communities want to achieve – this includes identifying national icons and local treasures for native species and natural places.

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