Don’t tell me what to do in my own backyard! Involving communities in conservation decisions

Everyone has seen adverts or read about how tropical forests are being cut down for human uses, such as furniture, fire wood or just to clear land for farming, which is significantly decreasing wildlife populations globally. One method to combat this decline is for governments to create nature reserves and restrict…

Does riparian restoration improve water quality?

Water is a huge part of the New Zealand lifestyle. We drink it freely straight from the tap, we eagerly swim and boat in the rivers and lakes, and we benefit as a country from our tourism industry which capitalises on environmental sustainability. We seem to take for granted how…

Let’s stick together

It’s been just over four years since the Greendale 7.1 earthquake that shook us up here in Lincoln and almost four years since the major aftershock that destroyed a good chunk of Christchurch. Time flies and time heals. There are few signs around Lincoln of the quakes (although the local…

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Bartering Biodiversity – Offset or Upset?

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Cathy Mountier as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Cathy revisits a Lincoln University research area that looks at the value of biodiversity offsets published in 2008. I love a win-win approach to problem solving. Wouldn’t it be…

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Conservation in our time!

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Alex Rowell as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Alex revisits a Lincoln University research area that looks at the value of biodiversity offsets published in 2009.   Is biodiversity offsetting a viable conservation strategy? Or does it simply distract us…