Forest & Bird
Forest & Bird is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation – protecting wildlife and wild places, on land and in the sea, since 1923. We’ve helped establish protected areas, put an end to logging publicly-owned native forests, and helped prevent species such as the kākāpō and kōkako from becoming extinct.
“We imagine a New Zealand with rivers safe to swim in, forests alive with birdsong, and the magical world beneath the seas thriving with life.”
Forest & Bird Chief Executive Kevin Hague
Wetlands are highly productive and biologically diverse systems that are vital in enhancing water quality, controlling erosion, maintaining stream flows, and sequestering carbon. They are equally relevant due to their importance for biodiversity preservation and their biological services for humankind.
On September 23, we were part of an event that gathered key conservation actors, both national and international, all united to protect, drive forward, and advance scientific efforts in the realm of nature and the communities within the Intag Valley, in the Chocó Andean region.
In 1980, only five Black Robins remained, restricted to one remote island in the Pacific. Despite being seemingly destined for extinction, an intensive conservation programme brought the species back from the brink, and less than 50 years later its remarkable recovery has seen it downlisted on the IUCN Red List.