National Riparian Restoration Database

(Published on 6th September 2017)

Riparian planting is making a difference to the environment, however scientists would like to increase their understanding of why some riparian restoration projects lead to rapid ecological recovery while others seem less effective.

In an effort to gather information NIWA is undertaking a nationwide study called the National Riparian Restoration Database project. The information gathered will enable scientists to provide better guidance to the people and groups undertaking stream restoration.

NIWA are looking for assistance from farmers who are engaged in a riparian restoration programme. They will need to register their riparian project through a short online survey at

This information will form the basis of NIWA’s National Riparian Restoration Database.

Once NIWA have recorded as many riparian projects as possible they will select a few examples and train, equip and support volunteers to monitor them.

Using non-scientists to gather data for scientific analysis and interpretation is called citizen science - an approach which is gaining international recognition and is the subject for an NZ Landcare Trust project.

The person or group responsible for monitoring the selected sites would need to commit about 2-3 hours per month for a period of 12 – 18 months. NIWA will provide all the equipment and training needed.

You can register your interest in becoming a citizen scientist at


The project is funded through the Strategic Science Investment Fund from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


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