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Information on this page is from the Department of Conservation. It summarises the values of ecological restoration. It also gives an overview for why we should get involved in ecological restoration and other conservation projects.
Without fresh air, water, seas, fertile soils, forests, animals and plants, we humans couldn’t survive. Everything, even the tiniest of bugs, has a role to play, and that includes us.
You are part of your local environment. You, your school and your neighbourhood are all part of a bigger ecosystem. Everything is connected – from the deepest ocean to outer space – and what we do, does make a difference.
These values come from the Māori perspective of the natural world.
Everything is connected
Ko au ko te taiao, ko te taiao ko au.
I am the environment, the environment is me.
The planet’s diversity is critical to our survival
Toitū te marae a Tāne, Toitū te marae a Tangaroa, Toitū te Tangata.
If we care for the resources of the land and the sea, we, the people, will survive.
People are part of the natural world
He nohonga ngātahitanga ahau me te taiāo.
We live as one with our natural world.
Aotearoa/New Zealand is a special place because of its many unique species and ecosystems
Kāore he wāhi i kō atu i a Aotearoa me ōna koiora, me ona waahi ahurei.
There is no place in the world like Aotearoa with its special biodiversity and unique ecosystems.
Watch The Big Picture video - Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste takes to the mountains to explore how our health, well-being, and survival depend on the health, well-being and survival of our planet's ecosystems. For more visit www.doc.govt.nz/bigpicture.
Watch Everyone has a role to play in conservation video - Find out about the wide range of people who are getting involved and working with the Department of Conservation to look after our special places, plants, and animals.
Check out national and regional conservation programmes - DOC supports a range of education programmes that get people involved with and promote conservation.