Main­tain­ing Bio­di­ver­sity

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When peo­ple think of Auck­land and di­ver­sity they may have in mind the colour­ful denizens of K-Road rather than the wildlife that flour­ishes be­tween the build­ings and roads of our largest city. But the Coun­cil’s plans and its In­dige­nous Bio­di­ver­sity Strat­egy in­clude a re­newed fo­cus on keep­ing the city green and con­nect­ing it with the coun­try­side around it.

Prob­a­bly one of the most vis­i­ble as­pects of this will be moves to pro­tect trees and other veg­e­ta­tion deemed im­por­tant for the health of the city’s streets and parks, in stark con­trast to government mea­sures to re­move this kind of pro­tec­tion na­tion­wide. There will also be a com­mit­ment to use the least toxic and volatile sprays for weed con­trol and in­creased re­stric­tion on the un­nec­es­sary use of ve­hi­cles on the re­gion’s beaches. Con­ser­va­tion Zones will also be iden­ti­fied with spe­cific mea­sures to re­strict devel­op­ment and en­hance the lo­cal ecol­ogy as well as Ru­ral Con­ser­va­tion Zones with sim­i­lar reg­u­la­tions that would cover ar­eas such as the Waitakere Ranges.

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