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Ecological Service

ecological surveys and advice

Our consultant team will be engaged to deliver best practise, personalised to each project undertaken.

Our expert teams of ecologists are all members of EIANZ (Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand) and members of various environmental societies, working to their professional code of conduct. Our client-focused approach involves practical solutions drawn from our knowledge of local and national planning policies, the industry’s best practice, and plant and wildlife expertise.

Value is something Clean Streams places high importance on, providing a cost effective service through the use of multi-disciplinary ecologists in the field, efficient planning and concise report writing.

Mitigation and Enhancement Reports

We provide clarity and assurance for you by designing mitigation and enhancement programmes. Development projects can result in adverse effects on the natural environment which may need to be compensated, as a part of seeking resource consent. Mitigation is usually needed on-site to minimize ecological impacts.

Restoration Planning

Restoration plans have the goal of restoring the site or habitat type by reversing or minimizing environmental disturbances. A baseline field survey is the first component to be undertaken and this will lead to several management strategies and recommendations for the project.

In the planning phase, we will liaise with a range of professionals relevant to the project and combine this with analysis from the sites ecological and physical constraints, budget and your objectives.

Planting and Revegetation Plans

This plan provides planting specifications and information on implementing the planting. Planting plans will relate to native revegetation for environmental outcomes including bushland, waterway, wetland restoration, and habitat corridor connections.

Animal Pest and Weed Management Plans

Pest plans address both animal and plant pests, using field survey work to identify pest presence, species type, and occurrence. Pest management plans usually cover 3-5 years.

Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE’s)

An Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) is a vital part of the resource consent process, with AEE documents identifying the effects of a proposed activity on the environment, and how any negative effects can be avoided, remedied or mitigated.

Advocacy and Significant Native Plant Protection

There is an increasing desire for authorities and private landowners to protect their native habitat in perpetuity. We can work with you to achieve legal protection of native habitats whether it’s an outcome of subdivision development or a landowner’s desire to covenant a block of land.

Ecosystem Service Assessments and Plans

The concept of Ecosystems Service Assessment is to assess the current level of services that are being provided and compare them to services if a proposed plan is delivered. This approach looks beyond just the ecology and biodiversity improvements but incorporates a variety of services ranging from education to economic benefit to carbon sequestration.

Ecosystem service plans can be developed which will mean that not only will your projects be mitigating environmental negative effects they will also be providing additional service that will have wide reaching benefits.

Stream Ecology Valuation

Stream Ecological Valuation or SEV is the current method for calculating a relative ecological value of a stream within Auckland. The method is based on the functions that streams provide, such as connectivity for species migrations, natural flow regimes, de-contamination of pollutants, and provision of aquatic habitats, amongst others. They are a required report for any site with a permeant stream present.

Nature is sometimes taken for granted and undervalued. This is why we must properly value the economic and social benefits of a healthy natural environment while continuing to recognize nature’s intrinsic value.

Dr Mark Everard