What Auckland's Urban Ngahere (Forest) strategy does
The strategy recognises the social, environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of our urban ngahere (forest), and sets out a strategic approach to knowing, growing, and protecting it.
The strategic framework
Auckland's urban ngahere strategic framework sets out:
- a vision
- three main objectives (Knowing, Growing and Protecting)
- two key mechanisms for delivering these objectives (Engage and Manage)
- nine supporting principles.
The nine principles of Auckland's Urban Ngahere (Forest) Strategy
- Right tree in the right place.
- Preference for native species.
- Ensure urban forest diversity.
- Protect mature, healthy trees.
- Create ecological corridors and connections.
- Access for all residents.
- Manage urban forest on public and private land.
- Deploy regulatory and non-regulatory tools.
- Manage the whole lifecycle of urban trees.
What success looks like
We will know we have been successful when we have:
- increased canopy cover to 30 per cent across Auckland's urban area, and at least 15 per cent in every local board area
- enhanced the associated social, environmental, economic and cultural benefits
- addressed the unequal distribution of canopy cover in urban Auckland
- increased the network of green infrastructure on public land
- improved links between green spaces by establishing ecological corridors
- effectively engaged with landowners to support urban ngahere on private land
- planted diverse tree and plant species on public land
- shared knowledge of our urban ngahere
- instilled a sense of pride in Aucklanders for their urban ngahere.
The implementation framework
We have outlined 18 high-level actions that are central to achieving the strategy's outcomes.
In addition to these actions, collaboration, funding and partnerships, and area-specific implementation are all fundamental to the strategy's success.
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