Greening the City:
Bringing Biodiversity Back
into the Urban Environment
Details (from his Loder Cup Citation):
Meurk (Landcare Research, Lincoln)
Landcare Research ecologist
and conservationist, Dr Colin Meurk of Christchurch was awarded
the 2001 Loder Cup Award by Conservation Minister, Hon Sandra Lee
at a ceremony at Landcare Research.
It was the second year
in succession the award had gone to a Canterbury recipient, reflecting
the combined work by local groups and agencies to protect and restore
the region's unique natural character. Dr Meurk was acknowledged
as the instigator of much of this work, both in a professional and
a personal capacity.
Nationally and internationally
regarded as an outstanding ecologist, Dr Colin Meurk has dedicated
his life to the conservation of New Zealand's indigenous flora and
fauna and, more recently, the conservation of Canterbury's unique
As ecological advisor
to the Christchurch City Council, he had played a leading role in
the Christchurch City Council's waterway enhancement programme and
was at the forefront of the "greening" of Christchurch, promoting
native planting in urban areas.
He had played a key
role in saving the Travis Swamp, one of the most valuable areas
of natural habitat in the eastern South Island, and remained actively
involved in ongoing management of this significant natural area.
He also had considerable
experience in the high country and on off-shore islands, and was
internationally known for his research into the unique botany and
ecology of the subantarctic islands, and in particular Campbell
Dr Meurk's work was directed
towards ensuring that New Zealanders would always appreciate the
relevance of their indigenous flora, no matter where they lived.
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