Restoration of Indigenous Biodiversity on Coastal Backdunes, 2011 – 2014

The Dunes Trust is working in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment, Coast Care groups, iwi, DOC and Councils around the country to research best practice methods for backdune restoration over the long term.

This three year project aims to:

  • review existing information about backdunes
  • work with local agencies and Coast Caregroups to set up community based monitoring systems for restoration activities and a range of demonstration areas of restored species
  • provide methods for evaluating backdune restoration and
  • communicate this information with a wide range of audiences.

Read updates in our project newsletters:

We thank the following partner organisations for their funding and ongoing involvement in this three year project.


Scoping Report on Developing a Coastal Dune Ecosystems Database, November 2011 – May 2012

There is a lot of information and data about coastal dune ecosystems around the country held in a myriad of different places, e.g. agency databases, libraries, research institues, contractors records, archives, on home computers etc. It is not always easy to find, is often in a format that isnt very useful and can be very difficult to link together. We think there is a need to bring this information together and make it as accessible and useful as possible to people working in coastal dune ecosystem restoration.

The Dunes Trust is currently undertaking a scoping project to investigate the end-user needs, design and development options for a coastal dune ecosystems database or information 'hub'. We have received a lot of feedback from our online survey and interviews.  We are currently analysing the feedback and forming our ideas on priority projects to undertake.  We will be reporting on this project in late July, early August 2012.

The Dunes Trust would like to thank the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) Programme administered by the Department of Conservation for funding this project.