Conference 2003

Conference 2003
Greening the City:
Bringing Biodiversity Back
into the Urban Environment


Coastal Dune Biodiversity — Challenges for Management

Philip Grove (Environment Canterbury)

The natural character and physical form of Christchurch's coastal dune systems have been greatly changed since European settlement, with consequent loss of native biodiversity. Under the Christchurch Beaches and Coastal Parks Management Plan, 1995, management of the Christchurch coastline is the responsibility of the City's Parks and Waterways Unit and managed under the 'Coast Care' programme.

One of the main objectives of the Parks and Waterways Unit's coastal management plan is to preserve, and where possible re-establish, the indigenous ecology of the Christchurch coastal environment, with an emphasis on indigenous wildlife habitats. The challenges to meeting this objective include the often-conflicting demands of urban development and public access for recreation.

This presentation will provide an overview of coastal dune biodiversity in Christchurch, look at some of the opportunities for protecting and enhancing this biodiversity, and examine the challenges posed by people, their pets and their vehicles. The question is, to what extent are we, the public, prepared to change or constrain the way we access, use and manage coastal dune systems, so that there can still be a place for the original inhabitants, the native flora and fauna. The focus will be on Christchurch, with brief reference to neighbouring coastal dune systems north and south of the City boundaries.

Conference sponsored by:

British Council NZ
The Community Trust
Landcare Research

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