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Many community-led conservation projects are operated through conservation trusts including rivercare groups, regional councils (in Canterbury this is Environment Canterbury or ECan), and the Department of Conservation (DOC), often in conjunction with research programmes through universities including Otago, Canterbury, and Lincoln universities, Crown Research Institutes such as Landcare Research, and environmental consultancy firms such as Boffa Miskell and Wildlife Management International Limited.

If you are interested in helping, please see the different organisations and groups in the menu.

Specific conservation work, research, and projects are also listed on the individual river, ecology, and threats pages.  Examples of the range and type of work being undertaken by different organisations and businesses are showcased in the 6 videos below, recorded at the 2022 Braided Rivers seminar.

Braided Rivers Seminar 2023: Te Whakahaumanu o te Papatuanuku Rakitata Awa

Manawa Energy: creating habitat for braided river birds

Additional Resources

Research on braided river birds outside of South Island locations: