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Renewing the nexus between nature & culture

This is the place that made us.

As we recognize that climate change is the biggest issue faced by Indigenous communities today, the need for climate stabilisation and ecological restoration must also renew the nexus between nature and culture. Not only do we want the forests to recover but we must foster them to recover lost complexity, functionality, structure and health.

A narrow ecological objective such as improving habitat or protecting endangered species, whilst not including traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of forest management, will likely produce forests & wetlands with less carbon storage abilities.

The climate system is warming and most of the recent temperature increases are due to greenhouse gas emissions. Currently the need to manage emissions of the agricultural sector are being debated.

Milk was the founding food of Moo Zealand But the 4.9 million herd is taking a toll on the environment. Industrial scale dairy farming requires deforestation, the draining of wetlands, polluted waterways and climate change. Cows produce methane a potent greenhouse gas. Their manure produces nitrous oxides which has an even stronger impact on climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services stated that, “around 1 million species already face extinction, many within decades, unless action is taken to reduce the intensity of drivers of biodiversity loss". The recommendation is that we maintain biosphere integrity at 90% or above. This will require looking back to more agroecological ways of life on land, that are more healthy for communities with regenerative ecosystem management.

Staying aware of what the future climate could bring to our territories is critical. Planning pathways for a just transition so that fossil fuel workers too may convert with dignity.

Here are predictions based on how this will effect the Tai Tokerau, Northland, region:

To learn more about how your organisation can ensure appropriate indigenous safeguards are in place, contact us today!

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