Reinstatement of indigenous flora in the urban environment of New Zealand : A case study for Hamilton city

van der Weerden, Antoinette and Oulten, Max (2014) Reinstatement of indigenous flora in the urban environment of New Zealand : A case study for Hamilton city. The STEMplanet Journal - Vol 1. The Official Proceedings of the International Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 2013, 1 . ISSN 2203-241X Journal

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Loss of New Zealand’s original ecosystem is the result of rapid colonisation over the past 200 years. (New Zealand Biodiversity, 2013). New Zealand currently retains 23% of its original vegetation much of which is in mountainous areas (Steens, M., Winter, D., Morris, R., McCartney, J., & Greenslade, P. 2007). Vegetation loss can be attributed to industrial food production processes underpinned by forest clearance and swamp drainage. A further loss was the direct result of the unfortunate introduction of voracious pest animals such as the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecular) (Department of Conservation, 2013). Only 1.6% of the original vegetation is present in the Hamilton ecological district (Leathwick, Clarkson & Whaley 1995, as cited in Clarkson & McQueen, 2004). The loss of vegetation and associated fauna has led to a loss of landscape character.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:World Conference on Science and Technology Education 2013 UNIMAS, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia 29th September – 3rd October 2013 STEMplanet Journal
Keywords that describe the item:Ecosystem restoration, indigenous flora, Hamilton, regional landscape character
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Science and Primary Industries
ID Code:2932
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Deposited On:11 Feb 2014 22:39
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