Indigenous vegetation cover remaining and protection 2001–2012
Environmental Reporting, Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand
"New Zealand’s land area has been divided into 500 land environments, each defined by their unique climate, topography, and soils. The extent to which indigenous vegetation is represented in these different land environments, and how that vegetation is formally protected, is described by ‘threatened environment’ categories. These categories can be monitored to help us understand the effects of land cover change on indigenous biodiversity.
This data set relates to the ""Indigenous cover and protection in land environments"" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website."
Source: Landcare Research Method: The 500 land environments have been assigned to six threatened environment categories. These categories are based on the extent of indigenous vegetation and formal protection. Data on the extent of indigenous cover came from the latest Land Cover Database (LCDB Version 4.0). The area legally protected was provided by the Protected Areas Network – New Zealand (PAN-NZ) dataset (Cieraad et al, 2015).