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In 2010, WWF-New Zealand celebrated a decade of grassroots conservation made possible through the Habitat Protection Fund.
The Tindall Foundation and WWF’s Habitat Protection Fund is for New Zealand not-for-profit community conservation groups who are involved in hands-on ecological restoration or conservation. Through the Fund, WWF has partnered with over 200 community groups working on over 400 projects to protect significant conservation areas locally.
Over the past ten years, approximately 5 million volunteer hours have been contributed to conservation projects supported by the Habitat Protection Fund.
Marc Slade, WWF-New Zealand’s Terrestrial Conservation Programme Manager, says “It is inspiring to see such strong enthusiasm from Kiwis to protect nature in their own backyards, and we are thrilled to support them in achieving their conservation goals.”
Castlecliff Coast Care in Wanganui is a recent recipient of WWF funding. The group was set up five years ago to enhance a community facility at the beach. Local residents, schools, businesses and various community groups have all volunteered with dune plantings. Through practical involvement, the community is learning how the native plants used in dune restoration can help to stabilise the area.
The Tindall Foundation has appointed WWF as its Funding Manager for both the Habitat Protection Fund and the Environmental Education Action Fund.
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