The most comprehensive biodiversity monitoring blitz ever undertaken on New Zealand’s rocky shoreline is a key feature of NZAEE Seaweek from March 2 - 10. School children, community groups and iwi will work alongside scientists to take a close-up look at 1m sq patches of their local marine environment in just one of the many events planned for NZAEE’s Seaweek 2013.
The Marine Metre Squared Project is already underway with volunteers recording everything from algae to plants, fish and pests or sedimentation found in their ‘metre squared’ plot. An easy to use tool kit is available and anyone interested in joining a local event can visit www.seaweek.org.nz
A landmark study has found that appropriately managed production forest landscapes have a similar biodiversity to that of largely undisturbed landscapes. The research, commissioned by Forest and Wood Products Australia and carried out by Forestry Tasmania and the University of Tasmania, has shown that tall eucalypt forests do not necessarily need to be in large reserves to provide suitable habitat for their associated animals and plants.
CSIRO and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)have established Australia’s first large-scale rainforest research plot at Robson Creek in North Queensland. The 25 hectare plot will allow scientists to monitor the rainforest over the long term and answer questions about the health of this highly biodiverse Australian ecosystem.
Two reports released today show gaping holes in BC conservation, both on the ground and hardwired in its laws. Maps of BC depicting all environmental land use designations in the province –the legacy of 20 years of land use planning –were released by ForestEthics Solutions. Drawing together this information for the first time, the maps reveal a deep divide between existing land use in BC and conservation recommendations made by top scientists. A legal analysis from West Coast Environmental Law traces the root of the problem to laws and policies that are ‘hardwired’ to fail BC’s environment and communities in an era of climate change.
Biodiversity is vital to the survival of the human race. We rely on biodiversity for medicine, the growth of our crops, the purity of our water systems and the durability of our rainforests. But biodiversity is diminishing at an alarming rate. It is estimated that 0.1% of the world’s species become extinct every year. For every species that goes extinct, its associated species – parasites, predators, prey – are also affected.