Northland is unique in many ways…

Northland is a peninsula that contains a high diversity of species and ecosystems, all within relatively close geographic proximity.  Although excellent conservation and restoration projects are being undertaken throughout Northland, these are often in isolated, hard to defend fragments, and biodiversity continues to decline. The removal of habitat (particularly lowland habitats) also still occurs.  Long-term persistence of native biodiversity is expected to be adversely affected by climate change. Geographical, institutional, legal, administrational and mindset barriers are further inhibitors to the scale of restoration that is required for our natural environment and communities to flourish.

The nature of these conservation challenges in Northland means that a fresh approach is required to achieve meaningful conservation and social outcomes at scale.   Connectivity conservation helps to address some of the major issues of biodiversity decline and impacts of climate change by bringing together individual projects and and helping to connect isolated communities into a less fragmented and more resilient system; where whole communities are both the agent and benefactor of positive transformation engendering widespread support for ecological restoration.