WETMAK Continues to Support Wetland Restoration

(Published on 30th May 2017)

Nearly five years after the introduction of NZ Landcare Trust's Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Kit (WETMAK), the resource continues to add value to the work of community restoration groups around the country. This was reinforced by attendees at a WETMAK training day held in Auckland on Tuesday 22 May 2017.

The training day was organised by the Community Waitakere Charitable Trust to support  wetland projects in West Auckland. The event was facilitated by Karen Denyer from the National Wetland Trust and Nardene Berry from NZ Landcare Trust. The event was held at Sturges West Community Centre, with a small local wetland within walking distance.

The attendees came from various community groups working on wetland restoration projects in the West Auckland area, along with a student from Auckland University.

NZ Landcare Trust's Nardene Berry said the training day focused on a number of the more technical modules within WETMAK and was delivered through a combination of classroom based instruction and practical field activities.

"WETMAK is a practical field based resource, so it was great the weather allowed us plenty of time outdoors to undertake a perimeter walk, a weed assessment and set up a vegetation plot."

"Feedback from the day has been positive with commentators underlining how valuable the resource will be in evaluating their projects. They also complimented us on the way material was presented, especially the mix of indoor and outdoor activities," Nardene added.

Aimed at community groups who are involved in a wetland restoration programme, WETMAK seeks to help increase understanding of the value of current activities and help prioritise future work. It is available online with different download options available to suit the user.

WETMAK takes a practical approach to wetland health, providing non-scientists with a suite of useful scientifically robust monitoring and assessment tools, ranging from simple monitoring ideas that can be conducted with very little experience, to more technical investigation that needs a more considered approach.

 

You can find out more about WETMAK on the Trust's dedicated webpage: 

 

If you are interested in hosting a WETMAK training day contact NZ Landcare Trust Regional Coordinator Nardene Berry:

 

 

 

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