Thursday, 26 August 2010

Life's a beach

Life's A Beach!

DCC media release

Dunedin (24 August, 2010) – A FREE workshop dealing with the threat
climate change

poses for Dunedin's coastal communities will provide advice about how
to safeguard our

coastline by restoring our dune systems.

DCC Coastal Parks Officer, Renee Gordon, is thrilled the New Zealand
Dunes Trust is running

the workshop and bringing their expertise to Dunedin. "We've been
working hard to restore

the city's dunes and we hope the Trust's participation will extend
residents' understanding of

coast care and the role that plays in protecting our city."

While erosion is a natural occurrence on our dunes, many dune systems
have been heavily

modified by human life to the point where they are no longer able to
withstand erosion. This

has the potential to threaten coastal communities along the Dunedin coastline.

Coastal foredunes backing sandy beaches play a major role in the
mitigation of coastal

hazards and the protection of the natural and human-use values of beaches.

Dune vegetation authority Dr David Bergin says, "The good news is that
we know many

degraded dune systems can be restored relatively cheaply using native
dune plants."

Dr Bergin is one of the speakers gathering at the NZ Dunes Trust
Climate Change all-day

workshop at Long Beach on Saturday 11 September.

The workshop is free but booking is essential as space is limited.
Email Ms Gordon at

rgordon@dcc.govt.nz for bookings or further information, or visit
www.dunestrust.org.nz.

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