“Project Janszoon, Kids Restore the Kepler and Project Crimson Trust all work closely with the Department to achieve our joint conservation goals,” says DOC Director General Lou Sanson.
The Green Ribbon Awards, announced at Parliament last night, celebrate exceptional environmental successes by New Zealanders.
Green Ribbon Awards
“Project Janszoon, which won the Supreme Award for its long term commitment to protect the environment, is making huge progress transforming the ecology of Abel Tasman National Park,” says Mr Sanson.
Funded through a philanthropic family trust, Project Janszoon also won the Philanthropy and Partnership prize. The 30-year, $25 million partnership with DOC is in its fourth year and has already seen a stoat trapping network established across 70% of the park. More than 12,000 native trees have also been planted and wildlife such as kākāriki released into what is one of New Zealand’s most popular parks.
Another of DOC’s partners, Project Crimson Trust, won an award for protecting our biodiversity. In the past 25 years the Trust has planted more than 330,000 native trees and has helped secure the future of pohutukawa trees and their ecosystems through pest control and targeted programmes.
“It’s also exciting to see Kids Restore the Kepler recognised for their work to inspire Fiordland’s young people to care for their environment and restore birdsong to the Kepler Mountains. DOC works with the Trust to help create conservation champions for the future,” Lou Sanson says.
“It is inspirational to be working with all three groups to protect our nature,” Lou Sanson says. “These projects demonstrate the value of partnerships and how we can achieve so much more for conservation when we work together.”