Posts Tagged ‘Biodiversity’
March 5th, 2010
News from the friends of Maungawhau
“The members and volunteers of Friends of Maungawhau are active in ecological restoration on Maungawhau as well as advocating more professional management and care for these heritage parks and volcanic cones in greater Auckland. For the last 8 years volunteers have been reestablishing native vegetation doing a small part in this part of the planet for biodiversity.
The United Nations has declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity:
“The world is facing a global extinction crisis which threatens not only the natural environment but mankind itself. All life on earth depends upon species, ecosystems and natural resources. The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species˙ showed that 22 percent of all known mammals, 30 percent of all known amphibians, 12 percent of all known birds, and 28 percent of reptiles, 37 percent of freshwater fish species, 70 percent of plants, 35 percent of invertebrates, assessed so far, are under threat.”
The great issue is biodiversity in urban areas with the majority of humans now living in cities and relying on rural areas for their wants.
This is your chance this year to help restore Maungawhau Mt Eden to be part of a biodiversity protected area. Volunteers meet each Tues at 9.30 pm at the end of Batger Rd to undertake restoration work. More volunteers are needed in both work on the ground: in advocacy with the new Auckland Council and Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau [ will be the new governing organization of these icons of Auckland]: promoting a ranger service and increasing awareness of the importance of parks like Maungawhau.”