Biodiversity describes the variety of life within and between different indigenous/native ecosystems, species and genes. Biodiversity is a fundamental part of New Zealand's unique landscape, wellbeing and economic wealth.;
- Over 90% of Christchurch resident think that the work the Council does to protect and enhance biodiversity in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula is important or very important.
- Since 1983, 900 hectares of land has been protected through Queen Elizabeth 2 covenants, and an additional 418ha had been covenanted by the Banks Peninsula Conservation trust to 2013. In addition, 1291ha of land has been purchased by the CCC, DOC and NZ Forest Restoration Trust to protect and enhance biodiversity between 2009 and 2016.
- The area of indigenous vegetation in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula has increased by 35 hectares since 1996 to a total of 16,267ha at 2012. Most of this increase has been in broad-leafed indigenous hardwoods, and manuka and kanuka. Matagouri and grey scrub has declined by 16%.
- Half of residents are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the state of the rivers in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, however only 12% and 15% are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the state of the coastlines and harbours respectively.
- Generally, 60% of residents are satisfied or very satisfied with the state of the native bush and forests in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula in 2016.
Importance of Council protecting and enhancing Biodiversity
Area of QE2 covenants
Source: QE2 Covenants
Indigenous land cover
Source: Land cover database
Satisfaction with the State of Christchurch Rivers
Satisfaction with Condition of Harbours and the Coastline
Satisfaction with Condition of Native bush and forests
- Proposed National Policy Statement on Idigenous Biodiversity:(external link) The proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity sets out the objective and policies about managing natural and physical resources to maintain indigenous biological diversity.
- A Biodiversity Strategy for the Canterbury Region(external link): [PDF 5.6MB] Christchurch City Council is a signatory to a charter for adoption to this strategy.
- The New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2000:(external link) This independent review examines the progress that has been made as well as the achievements from the programmes funded by the 2000 Biodiversity Package.
- Christchurch City Council Biodiversity Strategy:(external link) Biodiversity touches and benefits all aspects of our lives. Our diverse range of species and habitats contribute to the economy, health and quality of life of people in Christchurch.