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Restoring natural form and function to our coastlines

Restoring natural form and function to our coastlines

Restoring natural form and function to our coastlines

Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand

The Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand has a big vision: To see the majority of New Zealand's coast restored and sustainably managed using indigenous species by 2050.

The Trust is an independent forum made up of a nationwide network of coast care groups, councils, iwi, researchers, NGOs, farmers, foresters, nurseries, coastal landowners and the Department of Conservation.

For nearly two decades, the Trust has supported coast care programmes and worked to increase community understanding of the natural form and function of sand dunes and beaches. It is leading the way in practical community-based methods for coastal restoration, promoting ‘soft engineering’ solutions using our coastal native flora, instead of built solutions such as seawalls.

The Trust has undertaken a range of projects, from working out how to grow native sand binding plants at scale for restoring dunes, working with iwi on pingao harvesting for weaving, creating a series of publications and a planting calculator, and delivering workshops for council staff and the public.

The Trust is also now focused on responding to the nationwide need for innovative solutions to make our coastlines more resilient to climate change.

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