“Connectivity conservation” or large landscape scale restoration uses a holistic approach to “reconnect” the landscape – and seeks to make space for nature while including human uses of the land. Concepts such as ecological corridors, buffer zones and riparian strips are used to reconnect a mosaic of ecosystems so they can function more efficiently as a whole landscape.
The Reconnecting Northland programme will continue for a number of decades – the timescale needed to see improvements in ecological systems at a landscape scale. So far, the project has attracted funding of $3 million over the first 5 years.
A team of five staff are working on the ground in Northland, supported by a local Steering Group. First, we are building a strong base of local involvement through partnerships with iwi, communities, businesses, local and central government agencies, science providers, and others.
At the same time, we are working on a small number of pilot projects.The first, Kiwi Coast, aims to reconnect kiwi habitat across the east coast of Northland. Over time, and with the benefit of a locally developed strategic plan, the programme will partner with a range of other projects across Northland.
If you want to know more, or find out how you can get involved, contact Eamon Nathan, Reconnecting Northland Programme Manager.