We’ve put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about Waikato Biodiversity Forum. If you have a question that you can’t find the answer here, please feel free to contact us trough our contact us page.
Biodiversity is our living heritage – providing us with fresh air, fertile soil and clean water, food, clothing, housing as well as cultural significance and spiritual renewal. We used to think of our native plants and animals as just out there somewhere, something to inspire us on the occasional bush walk or drive through the country. But we are now realising that we rely on biodiversity in every part of our lives:
Our food and medicines come from biodiversity
Genetic diversity in crops enables us to produce new varieties
Biodiversity is a source of future pharmaceutical discoveries
Native, birds, bats and insects pollinate our gardens
Forests trap silt and we breathe the oxygen produced by trees
Bacteria break down our green waste into fertile soil
Marine organisms clean up the sewage we put into oceans
Biodiversity is the basis of the burgeoning eco-tourism industry.
Ecosystems are communities of living things (animals, plants, fungi, bacteria and other micro-organisms) that interact with each other and theor physical environment ( soil, rock, minerals, air, water, temperature, salinity).
Phone 0800BIODIV (246348) and talk to the key contact for this biodiversity advisory service. Sam Mcelwee will be able to put you in touch with a group that works near you. You may only able to give a little bit of time -say a couple of Saturday mornings a year during the planting season but every contribution helps.
Join the Forum
Any individual, community group or organisation interested and committed to protecting and restoring biodiversity can be a member of the Forum. It is free to join. You will get an invite to Forum events and receive information on biodiversity workshops, useful biodiversity information, access to other members for sharing knowledge and ideas and help with restoration projects. So contact us and become a member for no cost.