Biodiversity Action Plan

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What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity describes the variety of the natural world. This includes plants, animal fungi and microorganisms, the genes they contain and the ecosystems that they are a part of.

Biodiversity helps the 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 Biodiversity 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 occurring on a large scale all over the world, including New Zealand.

New Zealand is a biodiversity 'hotspot', with many of our species only found in our country (endemic species).

Biodiversity in Ashburton District

Learn more about biodiversity in our district:

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 that play an important role in protecting our environment. Organisations involved in the development 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.

Council reviewed the plan in 2017, and in November that year it adopted the revised Biodiversity Action Plan.

Read the Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2022

Biodiversity Working Group

The purpose of the Ashburton District Biodiversity working group is to:

  • Co-ordinate the implementation of the Ashburton District Biodiversity Action Plan
  • Maintain partnerships between local and regional organisations with an interest in the management of indigenous biodiversity
  • Provide a forum for discussion and community-wide promotion of biodiversity.

The group meets on a bi-monthly basis to discuss implementation of the plan and emerging issues.

View the current members of the Biodiversity Working Group

Get involved

There are many ways you can get involved:

  • Get to know more about the biodiversity around you - it's in your backyard, and at your local park!
  • Plant native trees, shrubs and ground-​​​cover to attract insects and birds
  • Get involved in groups and projects happening in your community

Maori Lakes, Canterbury

Funding opportunities

Council has a contestable grant scheme for community biodiversity projects.

Learn more about our grants and funding opportunities

Other biodiversity funding is available from:

Native plant site markers

216 new markers have been installed at significant sites around Ashburton District to help increase awareness of important native plantings on the district's roadsides with two markers for each site.

By identifying these sites, Council is better placed to be able to ensure the protection of the vegetation.

The significant native plants sites can be viewed on a GIS layer and there is a pamphlet available from Council's reception which contains useful information on native vegetation and also outlines the District Plan's rules around vegetation clearance.

Find out how to access the location of the markers in the GIS layer in our 'how to guide'
Download a copy of the Native Vegetation Pamphlet


Page reviewed: 08 Jun 2018 4:44pm