We are excited and honoured to be the recipient of $180,000 of funding over the next three years from the Department of Conservation’s Community Conservation Partnership Fund.
Coinciding with our first birthday, the funding not only underscores the successes of our first year, it gives us resources to focus on representing every New Zealand region with restoration projects on our website.
In our first year, we’ve raised more than $125,000, which will pay for over 6000 metres of stream planting around the country. Three projects were planted this winter, totalling 4300 trees now in the ground.
“The support from DOC is a game changer for Million Metres. It means we can focus on scale and really speed up the restoration effort. We are delighted and look forward to working with DOC to develop our partnership even more,” says Rachel Brown, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network. Million Metres is a project of SBN.
“Water quality is a national issue, with 62 per cent of our lowland rivers so polluted we can’t safely swim in them. It affects biodiversity, as well as farming and food systems, so it’s fantastic to see Government backing the restoration of our waterways.”
According to DOC Freshwater Manager Rosemary Miller, Million Metres “addresses the purpose of the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund of inspiring and enabling community-led conservation growth.”
In addition to supporting our desire to enhance water quality, biodiversity and habitat, DOC also supports our community objectives. “Million Metres will connect urban people to rural people, which in itself is a significant objective,” add Rosemary.
“People are increasingly aware of New Zealand’s water problems, however, only a few people have access to riparian places to do things. This project provides an avenue using savvy technology for people (particularly urban people) to actually do something towards making environmental improvements.”
With this funding, and our recently appointed full time project manager on board, Million Metres is now well placed to meet its objective of truly being a nationwide restoration project, and growing the number of metres of riparian planting it funds annually.