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How Well Do We Know the Ecosystem That We Live In?

How Well Do We Know the Ecosystem That We Live In?

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  • Sun 6 May ’18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Duart House, 51 Duart Rd, Havelock North


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

New Zealand Association of Rationalists & Humanists.
Hawke’s Bay & East Coast branch.

How well do we know the ecosystem that we live in?

By Sara Gerard
In Hawke's Bay how well do we understand the ecosystem in which we live? Our existence depends on a network of interactions among and between living organisms and the environment; the air, water, mineral, soil, nutrient cycles and energy flows. How well are we managing the ecosystem services for which we depend on for our livelihood? Who are our 'Ecosystem managers' and are they being recognized as such?

Sara hales from a farm in Canterbury on the terraces of the Rangitata River overlooked by Mount Peel and Mount Somers. Sara has a B.Sc majoring in geography, Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Lincoln and a Masters paper in Forestry Economics. She is a longstanding member of the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects and NZ Farm Forestry Association.

She has worked in UK for Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and in New Zealand for Lands and Survey, Ministry of Works, and Development, Ministry of Forestry, Hawke's Bay Regional Council and Opus.

He HBRIC work on Land Management included the Te Karamu Catchment Enhancement work on Regionally Significant Wetlands and Coastal Dune Protection and Management Programs. Under her own consultancy banner Sara has also worked for a wide range of had a wide range of environmental and infrastructure projects in Canterbury and now here in Hawke’s Bay.

Sara has environmental assessment and analytical skills which she has contributed to the RWSS EPA hearing process and the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry where her focus was on the aquifer and catchment.

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