Research Projects

EcologicalCorridorsNZ

About

EcologicalCorridorsNZ is a McGuinness Institute project new to 2022 that aims to contribute to the discussion on how Aotearoa New Zealand might implement ecological corridors within our environment.

Ecological corridors (also known as biological or wildlife corridors) are protected areas that connect species’ habitats (or link protected areas, such as reserves or national parks). The Institute has been working on a project to develop ecological corridors which would connect national parks along the length of Aotearoa. This is not a new idea and has been implemented internationally and in Aotearoa (to a smaller scale). It is suggested this project would begin with the country’s first ecological corridor of scale, using stewardship land currently owned by DOC to connect national parks on the west coast of the South Island.

Corridors allow species to travel freely between areas, improving their habitat, protecting them from the impacts of climate change, improving biodiversity and allowing native flora and fauna to thrive. Successfully implementing corridors will increase the amount of forest cover in Aotearoa, creating carbon sinks to mitigate our increasing carbon emissions, and purifying the air we breathe.

Latest publication

Submission to DOC – Reclassifying stewardship land on the West Coast (August 2022)

RECENT WORK

Make a Way for Wildlife t-shirts

As part of EcologicalCorridorsNZ, the Institute has created ‘Make a Way for Wildlife’ t-shirts. The t-shirts are printed locally on soft, organic cotton and can be purchased through the Institute’s online store.

Think Piece 28 – Biological Corridors Throughout the Length of New Zealand

Think Piece 28 explores a vision for a network of biological corridors that connect all of New Zealand’s national parks, as well as other forest parks and land administered by DOC.