Council recognises monitoring of ecological indicators is a crucial component of all environmental projects. Key pre-identified indicators will tell you whether or not a group's restoration activities are having the desired effect.
Often monitoring is outside the capacity of environmental groups, particularly in their early years. It usually requires a work load they had not anticipated when undertaking their project.
In these cases Council’s Environmental Development Officer will sometimes contract someone to ensure appropriate monitoring is undertaken. If the contractor is a suitably skilled group member or from the local hapu, all the better as we’re supplying work to locals.
Main benefits of monitoring are:
Some Council funded monitoring programmes outlined below:
OPUREORA AND WAIHIRERE WETLANDS WETLAND ON MATAKANA ISLAND
Otanewainuku Forest canopy cover and possum browse
Maketu Spit ecology - invertebrates