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This is how we're responding in Christchurch.

Restoring our natural environment

Healthy ecosystems will better withstand climate stress, while forests and wetlands are carbon sinks - natural systems that help to suck up and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Environment Canterbury provides funding so communities can plant trees and take action to restore waterways, habitats and wetlands.

In Christchurch, the Community Waterways Partnership supports the development of community-based initiatives to improve the ecological health, indigenous biodiversity and the amenity value of urban waterways.

In Banks Peninsula, Te Kākahu Kahukura is a voluntary landowner and community driven initiative encouraging native tree planting on Banks Peninsula to offset carbon dioxide emissions.