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F and B Talk tonight, Ecological Restoration Showcase

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Forest and Bird talk tonight

Chartwell Room at Hamilton Gardens, 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Avi Holzapfel who will be speaking on Community Involvement in Kiwi Recovery.

Kiwi are iconic birds, powerful symbols of our social identity and natural heritage. Yet all five species of kiwi have declined, some to precariously low numbers, and are still under threat mainly from introduced predators.

 Coordinated efforts into recovery and protection of kiwi began in 1991 and are supported today by a variety of Trusts, partnerships, corporate sponsorship and over 80 kiwi recovery projects initiated by local volunteerbased community groups. Together, private groups protect kiwi over 60.000 ha - equal to the area that DOC is protecting. This talk will examine some of the ingredients that have made kiwi recovery a truly national project, and asks whether it can be a model for the protection of other species in New Zealand.

Avi has worked  since 1999 for the Department of Conservation initially as an advisory scientist, he has focussed in recent years on threatened species management.

Since last year he has been the manager of DOC’s terrestrial ecosystem team in Hamilton.

2nd October

Ecological Restoration 2013: The Waikato Story

Keynote Speaker: Dr Paul Reynolds, Chief Executive, Ministry for the Environment


Wednesday 2 October 2013


9.30am – 4pm


Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts,University of Waikato
Gate 2B, Knighton Rd

Hosted by Waikato University’s Environmental Research Institute Enjoy a showcase preview of 10 major Waikato ecological restoration and biodiversity projects due to be presented at the 2013 World Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) in the USA.  Network with the presenters and researchers, including Waikato's top environmental scientists and practitioners.  Free registration including finger food lunch and refreshments. By 25 September.
For full programme and speakers details and registration



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