Five Department of Conservation projects have been chosen by a panel of international experts to join the list of the top ecological restoration programmes underway in Australia and New Zealand.
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The five DOC programmes cover three offshore islands and “mainland island” projects in both the North and South Islands.
They’ve been ranked among Australasia’s Top 25 ecological restoration projects after an 18-month search by a panel of eminent ecologists in a competition run by the international Global Restoration Network.
The five DOC projects are:
- Tiritiri Matangi Island (Hauraki Gulf)
- Rotoiti Nature Recovery (Nelson Lakes)
- Te Urewera Mainland Island (Urewera)
- Mana Island Scientific Reserve (Kapiti Coast)
- Fiordland Islands Restoration (Fiordland)
The DOC projects were chosen for their on-going success in restoring and regenerating native wildlife and vegetation in native habitats.
The Top 25 list has been compiled as part of the preparations for an international ecological restoration conference being held in Perth in August.
DOC’s Director-General Alastair Morrison says the recognition is just reward for the dedication and hard work put in by all the DOC staff, supporters and volunteers associated with the five projects.
“Some of these programmes go back decades and it is great to see the efforts of so many getting international recognition.”
“But probably the biggest reward for the communities who’ve supported these projects is seeing the return of the birds and the many special plants to areas where they’ve been absent for too long.”