What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the variety of the natural world. It includes the variety of all different species (from fungi, to trees and animals), their genes and the ecosystems that they are a part of.
Biodiversity contributes to important natural processes that sustain our life on this planet - such as purifying air and water, producing raw materials, decomposing waste and recycling soil nutrients.
Why is it important?
The natural processes that biodiversity supports are becoming strained all over the world, because of increasing levels of human consumption and industrial production. Biodiversity loss is occuring on a large scale all over the world, including New Zealand.
New Zealand is one of 34 global 'hotspots' - regions with many endemic species, (species that are only found here) which are experiencing habitat destruction and high biodiversity loss.
Click here to learn more about some examples of biodiversity in the Ashburton District!
What is the Biodiversity Action Plan?
In September 2010, Ashburton District Council formed the Biodiversity Working Group to formulate an action plan for our community.
This group has brought together a range of people and organisations from in our district who play an important role in protecting our environment. Organisations involved in the develpoment of the plan include landowners, industry groups, environmental protection groups, local and regional government agencies.
Together, we have put together a plan that is community-focused, to work toward our vision of an involved, caring district who work together for a sustainable future.
Click to read the Biodiversity Action Plan 2011-16.
How can I help?
Get to know more about the biodiversity around you - it's in your backyard, and at your local park!
Plant native trees, shrubs and groundcover to attract insects and birds.
Get involved in groups and projects happening in your community.
Take a look at our helpful resources for more information!