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


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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: 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
Depositing User: Antoinette van der Weerden
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 22:39
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 03:20

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