Rebuilding the natural character of an island nation
Removing threats to wildlife and ecosystems
And securing a new nature-based economy and livelihoods
Improving livelihoods, protecting ecosystems and saving endangered animals
TierraMar is partnered with the Invasive Species Council for restoring Norfolk Island Ecosystems. We are helping the community to identify and prioritise actions for its recovery. Any contribution you make, will restore the island’s ecosystems, save its endangered species and improve the economy. There are three projects ready to receive funding.
The problem: extinction & ecosystem loss
Our work started when local naturalists approached us, realising the endemic Norfolk Island Green Parrot was heading for extinction. Introduced cats and rats are killing this bird and much of the island’s other bird life. We have already implemented actions to secure the parrot population, which is rebounding. The most important measure was rat-proofing existing nesting hollows.
Norfolk Island restoration: rebuilding a legacy
The community then set its targets on broader-scale conservation. The long-term objective, led by the local community itself, is to restore the island’s native vegetation. The desire is to secure better livelihoods for locals as well as enhancing the visitor economy.
Creating a nationwide, self-sustaining solution for Norfolk Island’s ecosystems
Early on, our island partners organised one-on-one discussions, plus events and workshops, to listen to community needs. Setting up a community-led conservation network will formalise agreements into a way forward, connecting to the island’s diverse interests and skills.
Linking nature conservation and livelihood outcomes
Norfolk Island’s economy and tourism changed when its tax status changed from a tax free territory of Australia. Locals have the vision of restoring Norfolk Island ecosystems. This will recreate the island’s lost culture and environment, attracting a new type of nature-based tourist, looking for a better lifestyle and climate.