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Terranature Trust Charity Profile
TerraNature's goal is to protect places of high scenic, natural resource, ecological, open space or public amenity value by acquisition of land .....
Urban sprawl is one of the worst problems facing the world today, and New Zealand is no exception even though the country has an average population density of only 37 people per square mile. A distinct concentration of New Zealand's expansion occurs in the northern half of the North Island, where about fifty percent of the population live.
The already sprawling Auckland region is projected to double in size to 2 million people during the next fifty years. A more mobile and affluent society is inhabiting suburban homes, country estates and second homes further and further afield. Land development is particularly impacting coastal areas where many people want to live or recreate.
TerraNature is working to help protect deep-sea biodiversity
Recent discoveries in the deep-sea reveal hundreds of previously unknown species, and massive seamount topographical features with very different ecosystems.
This is the new ecological frontier of the 21st century. Deep-sea ecosystems are being destroyed by bottom trawl fishing before science even has the chance to identify them. Immediate biodiversity protection measures are needed in the deep-sea to stop destructive fishing practices and other future exploitation.
TerraNature is creating an awareness of the issue of mineral prospecting, and the adverse impact of mining throughout the Exclusive Economic Zone .....
The emerging industry of deep-sea mineral mining on seamounts and around the hydrothermal vents, is a threat to unique ecosystems that have not yet been defined. The impact ocean noise from mining is projected to affect the migration of marine animals. Mineral prospecting is proceeding without any environmental restrictions on either exploratory or future extraction operations.
TerraNature supports the effort to stabilize the loss of biodiversity .....
Biodiversity is vital to sustain all life forms on land and in the ocean, and has quality of life and economic value. It is biological wealth to a land-based primary producing economy, and the sustainability of fisheries. Biodiversity supports food and fibre production resources, and plays an essential ecosystem servicing function.
Terranature Trust Volunteer Information
Be a volunteer ..... make a differenceby working for the environment. All TerraNature and Terra Nature Fund work, including full-time management of both organisations, is generously provided by volunteers dedicated to protecting New Zealand's very unique biodiversity. Join in the work and enjoy helping nature.
TerraNature conducts extensive email campaigns to create a greater awareness of issues, and get citizens to express their views to government, or respond to requests for submissions in environmental review processes. Campaign workers are needed to find supporters, generate address databases, and send many emails.
Images help tell the story of New Zealand's natural history, and present the international importance of protecting the country's biodiversity. Selected photographs by volunteers of native plants, trees, birds, insects, lizards, frogs, fish, marine mammals, natural landscapes, and marine habitat illustrate TerraNature articles. Image of the Year awards are made each year.