Biodiversity Southland

Biodiversity Southland is a forum for agencies, organisations and individuals who have responsibilities or an interest in managing biodiversity in Southland. The forum was formed in 2002 to improve communication and biodiversity management between the many groups involved in biodiversity in the region.


What does the forum do?

The forum has three main roles:

  • Communicate and collaborate
  • Plan and advise
  • Innovate

The forum meets several times a year to discuss regional biodiversity initiatives and issues.

Current projects

Biodiversity Southland is currently developing a Southland Biodiversity Strategy. The strategy will look to the future to ensure Southland's indigenous biodiversity is protected and enhanced for now and in the future. It will achieve this by outlining an agreed vision, priorities and desired outcomes for biodiversity in Southland, as well as example actions that can be achieved by working together.

How to get involved

If you are interested in joining the forum or finding out more give us a call on 0800 76 88 45 or email

Current members

  • Department of Conservation
  • Environment Southland
  • Federated Farmers
  • Fish and Game
  • Forest and Bird
  • Gore District Council
  • Invercargill City Council
  • QEII National Trust
  • Southland Community Nursery
  • Southland District Council
  • Southland Ecological Restoration Network
  • Southland Institute of Technology
  • Te Ao Marama
  • Urtica Ecology
  • Venture Southland
  • Waiau Trust
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
Page reviewed: 31 Aug 2018 7:18am