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Apps

A recently-released app allows locals and tourists to identify and help protect New Zealand’s endangered kea. A GPS navigator within the ‘Wildlife Tracker’ app means whenever anyone (from a bird enthusiast to a tourist) takes a photo of the endangered kea and uploads it through the app, information is sent to The kea Conservation Trust about when and where the bird was found.

Water Conservation Orders (WCOs) are statutory tools used to protect waterbodies of outstanding value nationally – rivers, lakes, and wetlands – much like mountains and coasts are protected by National Parks. They preserve or protect outstanding features such as fisheries, wildlife, Maori, cultural, recreational, wild and scenic or scientific values. They are to exist in perpetuity, unless amended.

Countries have made little progress in meeting their obligations to protect fragile marine ecosystems under the international Convention on Biological Diversity, new United Nations data shows.