​​​​​​​​Biodiversity means "the variety of life on Earth". It includes all individuals, species and populations and the genetic variation among them. A highly biodiverse​​ environment provides ecosystems that are more rebuilt and resilient​ to disturbance.​ Biodiversity is important for clean air, water and food and for the pleasure and stimulation that a diverse natural environment brings to our lives. 

The Waitaki District is home to a wide range of plants and animals, several of which are very rare and found nowhere else in the world. Biodiversity loss is a serious issue; without management protection many species will become​ extinct​.

​Waitaki District Council is actively involved in protecting our unique biodiversity. Below is more information about how we’re doing this.

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