Council adopts Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2022

A reviewed plan that seeks to protect and enhance the district’s native plant and animal species has been adopted at the Ashburton District Council’s Service Delivery Committee meeting today.

The Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2022 sets out the objectives that Council will work towards during the next five years, and provides a strategic approach to protecting the district’s biodiversity.

Council Open Spaces Planner Bert Hofmans says one of the main additions to the reviewed plan, which was initially adopted by Council in 2011, is a push to complete ecological surveys along the district’s roadsides.

“Significant steps have been taken in the last five years to investigate and enhance Ashburton’s biodiversity elements. More than $70,000 has been awarded to 26 applicants for biodiversity-related projects since 2013, and there are now two significant restoration and protection initiatives underway at Wakanui Beach and Lakes Camp and Clearwater.

“This revised Action Plan has been developed in collaboration with key stakeholders and looks to consolidate and build on the achievements that have been made so far.”

The Action Plan’s five objectives include protecting, maintaining and restoring significant areas of biodiversity, engaging with landowners, integrating biodiversity protection principles into Council policy, and celebrating local biodiversity.

The Biodiversity Action Plan closely aligns with the Canterbury Region Biodiversity Strategy and the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

Council has statutory responsibilities under the Resource Management Act to maintain biological diversity.

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