Why do we need to prioritise ecosystem sites? There are three good reasons!
Examples of different ecosystems are shown at right: fen (type of wetland), red & mountain beech forest, braided river (Tukituki), bog (another type of wetland).
To map our ecosystems we are using Zonation, a conservation planning software tool. It helps us map and decide which ecosystems or habitat sites need work. This decision is based on ecosystem types, the degree of loss (i.e., how much left), connectivity and, to some extent, condition. Once these are mapped in a desktop exercise, we also go out and visit the sites to confirm what is there.
Zonation has helped us determine the top 30% priority terrestrial sites (see map below).
A group of local experts are currently checking all these sites on desktop. Once that is done, we will develop management prescriptions for some of the sites to get actions underway!
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