This section is designed for people starting community conservation projects or those who want to improve existing ones. It provides advice about establishing, maintaining, improving and evaluating projects, particularly those involving partnerships.
Find out about funding sources for community groups and landowners including Nga Whenua Rahui, biodiversity funds, Nature Heritage Fund plus links to other funding organisations.
Successful community conservation projects tend to reflect three key principles - planning, partnership and learning.
Find out how to get your project off to a great start by doing some initial thinking and research, identifying who to involve, finding out what people think and holding a project meeting.
Once your group is established, there will be a point at which you will need to do some planning. With a good plan your activity will have a greater chance of being effective.
Once you have decided to form a group to start a project, it is important to look at how the group will run and how members will work together.
Having ways to check on your progress (monitoring) and take stock of where things are at on a regular basis (evaluation), are important for your group to function effectively.
All programmes should take into account the impact their proposed work will have on natural, cultural and historic conservation values.