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Generating indigenous afforestation capacity.  


"...is a pragmatic approach to creating community effectiveness in restoring the natural character of our most threatened terrestrial ecosystems..." P. Lawless.

Nga Rakau Rangatira - STRAND ONE bridges conceptual and administrative barriers. It generates capacity for information exchange, as it implements and tracks eco-sourced indigenous afforestation in NZ for certification purposes. It develops memos of understanding to facilitate eco-seed sourcing from unprotected and from covenanted areas for restoration and afforestation in threatened and at-risk environments.

Knowing where to find appropriate genetic stock of native trees is a fundamental requirement for a secure future for New Zealand forest restoration. The proposed programme creates systems and standards for documenting sources, tracking use and ensuring use of locally sourced, genetically diverse material. It does this by developing robust standards for indigenous afforestation and seed-sources, based on both ecological and economic criteria. An information system will be established to operate alongside indigenous afforestation projects linking STRANDS ONE to FIVE. It will facilitate linkages between indigenous afforestation projects, tree-nurseries, use of appropriate eco-sourced seed and deliver the information required for top-level certification, ensuring market access of NZ's top-quality products into the future.


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Puriri regeneration

Vigorous Puriri saplings (Vitex lucens), competing for a canopy gap, regenerating and synergising a forest ecosystem.  Inspected by John Crawford of the Far North.