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Published: 2004-05-31 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has granted $9000 from its Environmental Initiatives Fund to a Maori Trust to develop an environmental education programme for the Whangamata area.

The Nga Uri o Te Ngahere Trust – developed to protect native forests, employ and upskill youth, protect Maori culture and create business in remote areas – plans to develop a practical environmental education programme for young people, landowners and ecological care groups within the Wentworth Valley. Environment Waikato already has a number of projects underway in that area and this effort will be co-ordinated with them.

The project will promote awareness and develop practical skills in biodiversity and integrated catchment management for up to 25 people who want to become more engaged in protection and restoration.

The Trust plans an integrated approach to ecological restoration in the catchment, which it says is the best way to make significant improvements in the environment. The Trust’s EIF application noted that a willing workforce must be trained so that they have the skills to carry out ecological protection.