Functioning Ecosystems

An ecosystem consists of multiple interconnected parts interacting with one another. In order to have a functioning and healthy ecosystem, ecological processes need to work together.
Ecosystems differ considerably in the way they react to changed situations and it can take decades for changes to become evident. The Community Catchment Plan sets out five areas of risks to water in Upper Clutha Catchment:
  1. Urban Development
  2. Rural Development
  3. Increasing Tourism and Recreational Activities
  4. Introduction and Spread of Pest Flora and Fauna
  5. Climate Change
By improving our collective understanding of these risks and working together, we can take actions to protect ecosystem function such as reducing water use, changing activities that affect stormwater discharges and supporting community and citizen science projects.
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