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This is how we're responding in Timaru.

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.

The Canterbury mudfish (kōwaro) are the most threatened of New Zealand’s mudfish species. Environment Canterbury is working with landowners in South Canterbury to improve mudfish habitat in Taiko Stream. Efforts have focused on removing willows, fencing and riparian planting, and monitoring the mudfish population over time through surveys. This work helps Environment Canterbury to identify and prioritise future locations for habitat protection and restoration.