Thank you to everyone who attended the 2023 Braided Rivers Seminar. Thanks so much to our sponsors who made this event possible. And a very special thanks to our presenters. It takes a surprising amount of time and effort to pack such a large volume of work into a 20-minute story. And each of these presentations are unquestionably part of the larger story about our braided rivers: what people have done and are doing to protect and restore them, the successes and failures, and how what we have learned inspires and compels us to keep moving forward. Thank you all.
- The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS IB) has been approved by the Governor-General and will come into force on 4 August 2023 (MfE)
- Scientists have discovered a plethora of viruses within Aotearoa’s tiny native bats, including what could be the “shortest” known coronavirus – but they stress there’s no big risk of them jumping to humans. – NZ Herald
- 20 million tonnes of silt, sand dumped on Hawke’s Bay floodplains during Cyclone Gabrielle. – Newshub
- The Environmental Weed Coalition is meeting 5pm next Wednesday 12 July, both live and online. Michael Berardozzi Principal Adviser Pest Management (MPI) who is consulting nationally about the follow-up to Simon Upton’s 2021 weed report will be there. You can try this link to join the Teams meeting, but I recommend contacting them first to ensure you can connect: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Upper Rakaia Weed Strategy 2023 (Boffa Miskell report prepared for LINZ)
- A warming-induced reduction in snow fraction amplifies rainfall extremes; Ombadi et al; Nature article 28 June (while the research is Northern Hemisphere, it offers a pathway towards reducing model uncertainty in projections of rainfall extremes over mountains, where snowfall is now being replaced by rainfall).