The Department of Conservation (DOC) welcomes the recognition of two of its partnership projects, the Nina Valley Ecoblitz and Genesis Energy National Whio Recovery Programme, at the Ministry for the Environment's (MFE) 2014 Green Ribbon Awards last night.
Involving schools, universities, government agencies, local and regional councils, environmental consultants, Crown Research Institutes, local businesses, a museum and community groups, the Nina Valley Ecoblitz won both the 'Supreme winner' and the 'Communication and education' awards.
Nina Valley Ecoblitz
The event took place over 14-16 March and provided detailed research into the ecology of the forest, shrub, grasslands and waterways around the Nina Valley.
“This was a monumental collaboration with 176 senior students from 23 secondary schools, 57 scientists/taxonomists, 24 university students, 26 teachers and 16 helpers taking part,” said DOC Director General Lou Sanson.
Whio release at Tongariro Forest
Genesis Energy Whio Recovery Programme took away the 'Protecting our biodiversity' award. This five-year partnership with DOC, Forest & Bird and the Central North Island Blue Duck Charitable Trust is focused on the protection and recovery of whio and supports whio security and recovery sites across New Zealand.
“By working with Genesis Energy on this programme, we are able to do more work to protect the whio and provide practical and immediate on-the-ground benefits for these threatened birds,” said Mr Sanson.
“All these projects show what New Zealanders can achieve by working together to preserve our outstanding natural wealth.”