Indigenous biodiversity in crisis

And the Greens are hellbent on fixing it…no matter what the cost.

Stuff  reports: quote:

With New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity in a state of “crisis”, a new national strategy is pertinent and timely, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says.

Speaking to Stuff at Napier’s Ahuriri Estuary on Tuesday, Sage said New Zealand was experiencing a “biodiversity crisis”. end quote.

A ‘biodiversity crisis? quote:

“We’re seeing … a huge interest in doing more restoration planting, doing more predator control, helping indigenous nature thrive, and I hope this strategy will be a really solid platform for a further injection of community effort and cooperation in protecting the species and the habitats that make Aotearoa special.” end quote.

You know, I really hate to say this, but so many of the things that the Greens want to save are probably not worth worrying about. I can understand not wanting to make a particular animal species extinct, but in some cases, it will be a particular local fern. Will the world go to hell in a handcart if a tiny fern in MacKenzie Country is rendered extinct? Really? quote:

The “crisis” saw nearly 4000 species threatened or at risk of extinction, including 81 per cent of our native birds, all our lizards, both our bat species, and 74 per cent of our native fish, she said. end quote.

To be fair, we are working on the birds, and the use of 1080 doesn’t help with any of this. DOC can be pretty good at killing off birds all by themselves. quote:

“Aotearoa evolved over 80 million years in isolation from any of the other continents like Australia and so our species evolved without mammalian predators.

“Humans came here, we’ve transformed the landscape, made large parts of it inhospitable and we introduced cats, rats, possums, ferrets and they’ve got an enormous impact on our indigenous wildlife and plants.” end quote.


Yes, and I’m sorry, Eugenie, but humans are here now and don’t just blame those nasty white people, of which you are one. Maori did a pretty good job of making a few species extinct, and I note you are not commenting on that. quote:

As part of developing the new strategy, three reference groups had been established.

Those would get underway this month, and public hui and consultation would begin in November, Sage said.

The process was expected to take 16 months. end quote.

Just in time to announce a new policy for the next election although no one in their right minds could possibly think that this is a vote winner. (Well, the Greens probably do. The rest of us would like to be able to afford petrol.) quote:

The new strategy was important because we depend on nature for our “economy, human health and wellbeing”. end quote.

Most of us depend on money, which you seem intent to take away from us. What is it they say? Money isn’t everything, but it is much nicer to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle? quote:

The current New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy (NZBS) 2000 expires in 2020, hence the new strategy.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) would lead the project, working closely with regional and district councils and other government agencies. end quote.

Oh well, there you go then. It will be a complete joke. quote:

There may be debate about the relative priority of introduced species such as deer, Sage said, but overall the process was a “positive” one.

“[It’s about] recognising the significance of our indigenous plants and wildlife, our natural landscapes and how we can safeguard them.” end quote.

Prioritising indigenous species over introduced ones is a dangerous policy when there are now humans living here. Not only do we need to eat protein to survive healthily, but as a country, we need to export if we are not going to turn into another Venezuela. quote:

Sally Gepp, one of Forest & Bird’s representatives on the strategy working group, said it welcomed the review.

“The existing NZBS is an important document that sets the agenda for biodiversity protection in New Zealand, but what has been lacking is the willingness at the central government and local authority level to ensure its objectives are achieved,” Gepp said.

“As a result, we are continuing to see a decline in indigenous biodiversity, mainly due to habitat loss and pest plants and animals, but we hope that the tide is turning.” end quote.

I constantly wonder how the use of 1080 fits in with the whole idea of protecting our ‘indigenous biodiversity’? I might leave that to another article but it makes you think, doesn’t it? Seeing that both the Greens and Forest and Bird seem to support the use of it?


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