Image: Pingao and Spinifex growing happily on the dunes at Waimeha Estuary, Waikanae.
Biodiversity refers to the variety of living plants and animals on land, in fresh water and in the sea.
Kāpiti has an attractive natural environment with a diverse range of ecosystems. But as our population increases development pressure can have adverse effects on this landscape.
Kāpiti Coast District Council has responsibility under the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1991 to identify and protect areas of significant native vegetation and habitats of threatened native species.
The Council uses a mix of regulation, projects and work with other agencies to protect and support the District's biodiversity.
Without good planning, development pressures can conflict with the community's environmental vision and concerns. The District Plan and District Plan Appeals Version is the guiding document for sustainable management of the district's natural and physical resources. Key issues include subdivision and development, heritage and landscape, coastal environment and ecology.
For more information download or print a copy of the District Plan Review discussion document from the link below:
Greater Wellington Regional Council is responsible for regulating the use of the region's natural resources. They do this through regional polices, plans and resource consents, helping the community to restore ecosystems (such as streams and wetlands) and assisting businesses to become more environmentally sustainable.
"Biodiversity is central to what sustains us: it is the life on which our lives depend."
The Council works to protect and restore biodiversity through its own projects on public land, supporting private landowners, and assisting community environmental groups.
As the population grows, human environments overlap or replace other ecosystems. There are plenty of things we can all do to support biodiversity whether we have a large or small backyard, own our home or rent.