As a sustainability company based in the stunning landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand, protecting our unique biodiversity is undoubtedly a cause close to our hearts. The New Zealand Government is taking a proactive step towards conserving native wildlife by exploring the possibility of implementing a biodiversity credit system. This innovative approach aims to incentivise and reward landowners and stakeholders who actively protect and restore our precious indigenous species. Today, we invite you to join the conversation and share your thoughts on this vital initiative.
Why Do We Need a Biodiversity Credit System?
Despite the efforts made by farmers, landowners, and tangata whenua to safeguard our native biodiversity, numerous native species continue to face the threat of extinction. A biodiversity credit system could play a transformative role in conserving habitats and species by allowing landowners who actively protect and restore native wildlife to earn credits for their actions.
By providing an avenue for private companies, charities, investors, philanthropists, and other stakeholders to purchase these biodiversity credits, financial resources can be directed towards protecting the diverse ecosystems that are the backbone of our natural heritage.
What is Proposed?
The concept of biodiversity credit systems has been gaining traction both overseas and within New Zealand. The proposed system would extend support to farmers, landowners, tangata whenua, and local and central government in their collective efforts to safeguard wildlife. The activities that could be supported by the system include:
Protecting or Re-establishing Forests: Preserving and enhancing our existing forests are crucial for maintaining a healthy ecosystem and providing habitats for a wide range of species.
Restoring Wetlands: Wetlands are valuable ecosystems that serve as homes to unique flora and fauna. Restoring these wetlands can significantly impact biodiversity conservation.
Planting Native Trees and Shrubs: Reintroducing native vegetation contributes to the balance and health of our environment, attracting native wildlife.
Creating Buffer Zones near Protected Habitats: Buffer zones act as protective barriers around important habitats, shielding them from potential threats.
Connecting Wildlife Corridors: Establishing corridors that connect fragmented habitats allows for the safe movement of wildlife and promotes genetic diversity.
Why Public Consultation Matters
Ensuring the efficacy and credibility of the biodiversity credit system is pivotal to attract investments from individuals and organisations committed to preserving our unique biodiversity. The New Zealand Government is determined to foster the right biodiversity credit system for our country. To make this a reality, the Ministry and Department of Conservation (DoC) are seeking your feedback on how the system should be structured and the Government's role in it.
Your input is invaluable in shaping the credit system, as they can take into account the diverse perspectives and expertise of our fellow kiwi’s. Together, we can create a system that celebrates the efforts of those actively involved in wildlife protection and restoration while forging a sustainable future for our natural heritage.
How to Have Your Say
Participating in this public consultation is both easy and impactful. To contribute your insights and ideas, visit the link:
Your input will help shape the recommendations that the Ministry and DoC make to the Government regarding the functionality and criteria of the credit system.
In summary, as a sustainability company deeply committed to preserving our natural heritage, we are thrilled to see the New Zealand Government's initiative in exploring a biodiversity credit system. By incentivising and supporting actions that protect and restore native wildlife, we can collectively ensure a brighter and greener future for Aotearoa New Zealand. Increasing biodiversity by improving native vegetation, wetlands, and native forests, also enhances the land's capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere (sequester carbon), and therefore help mitigate global warming.
Your voice matters, and we encourage you to actively participate in this consultation process. Together, let's pave the way for an effective and impactful biodiversity credit system that will safeguard our beautiful country's biodiversity for generations to come.
Join the conversation today and share your thoughts on the proposed biodiversity credit system.