A welcome boost to conservation funding | WWF New Zealand

A welcome boost to conservation funding

Posted on
11 May 2018
Today’s announcement of $81.3 million over four years in new funding for predator control is great news for New Zealand’s native birds, bats, and forests.

WWF-New Zealand CEO Livia Esterhazy said “This new, dedicated funding for the Department of Conservation’s predator control work is great news for our native animals and plants, and especially for beautiful endangered native birds like kākā and kea.

“We know that New Zealanders love our native birds, our native bush, and our unique reptiles and insects. WWF works with community conservation organisations up and down the country to turn this passion for nature into action for the environment. So we know that Kiwis have have an incredible, inspirational passion for Aotearoa’s unique ecosystems.

“Now, the Department of Conservation is getting a big boost to support its work to protect our precious endangered native birds, and other plants and animals. This new, locked-in funding could let the Department of Conservation expand its predator control work to cover almost another 10% of New Zealand’s total land area. That’s great news for our birds.”

“With government and communities acting together, it’s possible to secure a future where our incredible native birds can survive and thrive.”

In a pre-budget announcement made this morning at Otari-Wilton’s Bush near Wellington, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced new, locked-in funding for the Department of Conservation’s predator control work of $81.3 million over the next four years.

“WWF-New Zealand is proud to support the critical work to make Aotearoa predator-free by 2050. Now, for the first time in at least a decade, the Department of Conservation is getting sustained, dedicated funding for predator control work to help make that happen.

“Not only is that great news for our birds, it’s also good news for all the Department of Conservation’s other work areas - like supporting environmental innovations, or looking out for our endangered marine life. No longer will predator control work have to compete for funding with these other critical areas of work.

“It’s also exciting that Minister Sage has said that this is “only the start” of the government’s investment in our natural world. We’re looking forward to seeing what else might be coming in the budget itself, and hope to see funding for protecting even more of Aotearoa’s wonderful biodiversity - including our unique marine life, like New Zealand sea lions and Māui dolphins.”

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