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Restoring Norfolk Island Ecosystems

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View from Mt Pitt. Restoring Norfolk Island

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.

Would you like to know more about how you can support this program?


Alternatively, please contact Anissa Lawrence on +61(0) 419 903 800 or email info@tierramar.com.au

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 Green Parrot, Photo Luis Ortiz-Catedral
Norfolk Island Green Parrot, Photo Luis Ortiz-Catedral

Surveys confirmed that numbers had dwindled to 11 breeding females

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.

Locals enjoy a vibrant colonial and pre-colonial history

Plans are designed and led by locals, who we connect with the right experts.

Mapping Island Vegetation

One of the first tasks, was to understand the scale of the problem and establish restoration targets.

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.

Norfolk Island. Photo Danny-Hayes. Via Invasive Species Council

From day one, governance is placed in the hands of local people.

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.

Anderson Bay, Norfolk Island revegetation