Canterbury Biodiversity Strategy

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Canterbury boasts a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems from the mountains to the sea, that support a remarkable array of plant and animal life. This diversity helps give the region its unique character.

In 2008, a multi-interest advisory group developed the first region-wide, collaborative vision for maintaining and enhancing this natural heritage. The Biodiversity Strategy for Canterbury is a non-statutory document that establishes a framework of goals and priorities for undertaking biodiversity initiatives.

Environment Canterbury is one of 22 Canterbury organisations represented on the advisory group. Also represented are city and district councils, central government agencies, research and conservation organisations, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, non-governmental organisations, and landowner, industry and community groups.

The strategy fosters a coordinated and cooperative approach, and recognises the importance of shared responsibility and working together to achieve the strategy's vision. Continued commitment and participation from our communities, decision-makers and landowners will ensure continued enjoyment of our region’s natural landscapes and wildlife for the future.