WAI Wanaka will increase our community's capability and capacity to deliver on the ground environmental action by co-ordinating our own volunteer activities and partnering with local environmental groups to expand the effectiveness of volunteer efforts in our region. We want to support our volunteers and ensure that the right people are in the right roles doing the right thing at the right time.
Wanaka is an amazing place! While our lakes and waterways remain relatively healthy, they are declining, due to the combined impacts of growth, land use change, pollutants, climate change and invasive species. We've seen this too often in other parts of Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world, and we know that we're not immune. This project will provide support for volunteers and enable our community to work together for healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing for future generations.
Our objective is to build a strong, collaborative model for community stewardship. Managing and supporting our volunteers: Enables communities to take action collectively Provides education programmes, speaker events and workshops that help our whole community understand the complex environmental issues we face in our region, and our own impacts Allows community engagement activities to be delivered in partnership with local environmental groups, increasing both reach and impact
Our communities prefer to be proactive. To effectively measure environmental outcomes over time, WAI Wanaka are developing a catchment-wide catchment monitoring model, involving a quadruple bottom line based on economic, social, environmental and cultural indicators. With all of us working together, we can ensure that future generations, including visitors to the area, will continue to enjoy the outstanding landscapes of Wanaka the same way we do today.
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