By Alexandra Wimley www.nzherald.co.nz
Project Janszoon in Abel Tasman National Park was named the worldwide Gold Winner in the Conservation, Habitat and Diversity section of the Green World Environment Awards this week as well as the conservation section for New Zealand in the Green Apple Awards.
The project, launched in 2012, was named after explorer Abel “Janszoon” Tasman. The $25 million initiative, funded by an Auckland family trust, aims to restore the region’s flora and fauna to its diverse natural state over a 30 year period by ridding the park of non-native predators and weeds, restoring its ecosystems and re-introducing native species of birds and plants. The project will conclude on the 100 year anniversary of the park’s establishment and the 400 year anniversary of Tasman’s arrival.
Project Janszoon competed with more than 500 nominations from across the globe in the UK based awards.