Public Notice – Drone survey work on Rarotonga

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Between 7th – 12th August 2023, drones will be flown in Parengaru, Tupapa, the valleys of Avatiu, Avana and Takuvaine, and the Takitumu Conservation Area for the purpose of monitoring invasive species and their biocontrol agents in the interior of Rarotonga. Key species of interest include the African tulip tree and Decalobanthus peltatus.

This project is led by the Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research in New Zealand, in collaboration with the National Environment Service, Ministry of Agriculture and Te Ipukarea Society.

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