Nelson Nature focuses on a much more extensive and targeted approach to care for our region’s natural environment, boosting the conservation and ecological work carried out on both public and private land.
The programme recognises the Council’s responsibilities as a Unitary Authority (encompassing both city and regional functions) and delivers on a number of non-regulatory aspects of the Resource Management Act, and our Nelson Resource Management Plan - which is currently under review. It also aligns strongly with the Nelson Biodiversity Forum’s objectives as outlined in the Nelson Biodiversity Strategy (822KB PDF).
Department of Conservation (DOC) is joining the Nelson Nature effort, by helping to project manage the programme for the next three years. This will ensure both agencies’ work across boundaries is aligned to maximise outcomes, while also bringing DOC’s technical expertise in conservation to the project.
Nelson Nature encompasses 11 different projects in total. Some key areas of focus are: