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- Funding boost for green transport in Auckland - 12 June 2013
The Ministry for the Environment today announced funding of $193,000 to investigate the feasibility of the proposed ‘Skypath’ which would provide walking and cycling access across the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
“If feasible, the pathway will get cars off the road and provide for alternative means of transport for Aucklanders commuting from the North Shore to the city,” Ministry for the Environment Operations Director Mike Mendonça says.
The proposed Auckland Harbour Bridge ‘SkyPath’ is being planned by the Auckland Harbour Bridge Pathway Trust.
Government funding will enable the Trust to finalise the design of the ’SkyPath’, carry out consultation with stakeholders, research consents and finalise the funding arrangements for construction of the pathway.
“This project is a great example of members of the community working together to address local issues and improve their local environment,” Mr Mendonça says.
The Community Environment Fund provides funding so New Zealanders are empowered to take environmental action. For more information about the Community Environment Fund please click here: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/funding/community-environment-fund/
- Valuing Nature Conference Wellington 9-10 July - 16 May 2013
The Ministry is co-hosting, with our Natural Resource Sector partners, Victoria University and the Sustainable Business Council, the valuing nature conference. This conference explores the new vision for biodiversity that is emerging globally, one that calls for wider recognition of nature’s contribution to our livelihoods, health, security and prosperity. This vision reflects the value of natural capital and ecosystem services in the mainstream of both public and private decision-making. The conference programme is available on the conference website.
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