The Hawke's Bay Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2020 sets out how, by working together, we begin to implement the five key objectives of the Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity Strategy. It is the first of many plans to come.
This first Action Plan was developed over 2015 and 2016. A series of special interest group and outreach meetings were held with tāngata whenua, statutory agencies and the conservation community.
A resulting stock-take in 2014 highlighted the amount and variety of biodiversity-related work that is already happening. These projects offer real opportunities to better connect and coordinate our efforts. This Action Plan is about finding synergies to grow these projects in both size and number to achieve more, faster, and to improve their usefulness by prioritising our collective efforts.
Another key driver for this Action Plan is to win the hearts and minds of Hawke’s Bay citizens and thereby grow the conservation community. The timing is right for this, given a growing community appreciation of the value of nature, as well as an increased public desire for active participation in environmental restoration projects.
As a result of the 2016 meetings, 38 outcomes and 33 actions were identified. Too many to do all at once! Consequently the first Action Plan focuses on 6 priority and achievable actions for 2017-20. Read more about the 6 priority actions here.
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