Tauranga Public Lecture Series: Urban Ecological Restoration - The New Frontier?

Date Monday 5 November 2018
Time 6pm - 7pm
Where Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Presenter Prof Bruce Clarkson
Contact Joanna Kearney
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

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In this lecture, Professor Bruce Clarkson will consider whether towns and cities could be a solution to New Zealand’s biodiversity decline and will remind us just how precious our native plants and animals are, and how we all have a stake in protecting them.

For a long time in our urban centres, nature has been fighting a losing battle. Perhaps those living in residential areas had been comforted by the fact that the Department of Conservation and its predecessors have been doing their best to save our native birds from extinction on offshore islands, or more recently, mainland eco-sanctuaries. But, these endeavours on their own, are not enough to reverse the ongoing decline in native biodiversity.

What if towns and cities were seen as a solution to the problem and what needs to happen?

Professor Bruce Clarkson is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Waikato. He is a restoration ecologist interested in habitat restoration to bring indigenous nature back into towns and cities. Prof Clarkson leads a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment funded research programme: People, Cities and Nature: restoring indigenous nature in urban environments ( In 2016 he received the Royal Society of New Zealand Charles Fleming medal for environmental achievement for his efforts to advance and communicate understanding of native plant ecology and vegetation pattern and process, inform conservation efforts in terrestrial, freshwater and urban environments, and support effective on-the-ground restoration practice. He is a board member of the Australasian chapter of the International Society for Ecological Restoration, on the Governance Group for the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, and is ambassador for the New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Registrations are essential - please click here.