Immediate Steps – enhancing Canterbury’s biodiversity

Immediate Steps is about achieving some quick wins, recognising that our natural ecosystems are the ‘lungs’ of the environment.

By understanding that improvements to water quality will take a long time, Immediate Steps was founded to begin to restore our ecosystems and to work with nature to improve water quality.

Through Immediate Steps, $2 million each year is available for protecting and restoring biodiversity in and around freshwater habitats.  Of this, two-thirds comes from rates and one third comes from land-owner contributions.

The programme covers the protection of endangered species and wahi taonga (sacred sites), as well as maintenance of Canterbury’s braided rivers, providing habitat for native flora and fauna, and protecting wetlands and other ecosystems.

Each zone committee is responsible for local implementation of the Immediate Steps Biodiversity programme