This month the BCG focused on different biodiversity classification tools and the importance of efficient and effective monitoring and reporting. It heard from the Department of Conservation on national monitoring approaches, from Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research on national data sets, and members of Auckland and Marlborough District Council on regional level monitoring and prioritising of interventions. It also began investigating the concept of natural capital and other methods to ensure the environment and biodiversity is properly valued in decision-making. Following this meeting, the group met with the Minister for the Environment over dinner, to outline the group’s progress to date and hear the Minister’s views on priorities for biodiversity management.
Pohutukawa Flower (credit: Raewyn Peart)