Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour
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Vast parts of Aotearoa New Zealand have lost nearly all original vegetation. Yet the combination of our unique and special landforms, indigenous vegetation, and indigenous fauna, along with the distinctive imprint of cultural occupation and cultural diversity, is what really defines our country.
There is increasing understanding of and concern for the loss of indigenous biodiversity, as shown by the Predator Free 2050 campaign, and we now also have a Billion Tree Programme, a Government committed to addressing our contribution to climate change by 2050, a desire to return biodiversity to our cities and towns, and increasing concern that many of our current intensive land use practices are unsustainable. There is also increased recognition that indigenous biodiversity does offer opportunities for more sustainable land use and financial return, along with essential ecosystem services. Although small-scale planting is very straightforward, large-scale indigenous revegetation can be challenging and costly, with substantial risks. Various methods are available and are being used across New Zealand, as will be addressed in this presentation.
This lecture is presented by Willie Shaw, a very experienced ecologist who has been working full time in various ecological roles for near 40 years. For the last 22 years he has been a Principal Ecologist and Director with Wildands, specialising in ecological restoration, assessments of ecological significance and land use effects, and ecological inventories.
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