Interact offers research, report writing, publications, displays, workshops and events on a range of waterways and wetlands restoration, water-sensitive urban design, flora and fauna management and sustainable living themes.
Planning for urban waterways and wetlands is necessarily multi-disciplinary. Strategic planning requires consideration of landscape, drainage, ecology, recreation, cultural and heritage themes and consultation with a range of stakeholders. We work with clients to research and analyse data and develop resources such as community management plans, staff training programs, brochures, web resources and education kits.
Restoration plans are most effective with multiple stakeholder input to maximise information sharing, investment and restoration effort. Christchurch City Council, NZ.
Interact works with non profit environment groups to develop Strategic Planning documents and as a grant writer. Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue Inc. offer a 24/7 koala rescue service in South East Queensland, Australia. Interact works with this charity on strategic planning and grant writing. Consider supporting this group at http://www.sckoalarescue.com.au/
The Endangered Wildlife Trust established Pacuare Reserve on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica in 1989. The reserve was initially established to protect green and leatherback turtles from poaching. It now serves as a research station, runs ranger, volunteer and environmental education programs. Interact assists Reserve management with strategic direction for the environmental education and community engagement program. For more information, volunteer opportunities or donations to Pacuare Nature Reserve please visit http://www.pacuarereserve.org/
The natural and cultural values of tourism sites can become comprised through high visitor numbers, inappropriate activities, visitor behaviour and site management. Interact works with multiple stakeholders to provide strategic planning and identification and evaluation of solutions towards sustainable tourism practice. In Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Costa Rica, tourists have high expectations that guides will show them a multitude of species. We worked with ecologists, guides and local artist Deidre Hyde to create interactive exhibits to interpret the mimicry that makes wildlife elusive in the cloud forest.
Onsite interpretation can assist Councils to achieve better restoration outcomes in urban communities by translating ecosystem restoration goals into site relevant information. Christchurch City Council, NZ.
We work across disciplines to translate complex planning, engineering and science information into user-friendly documents. Conservation covenant agreements can provide local government opportunities to plant native species and protect riparian corridors in partnership with landowners. Resource by Rachel Barker (Christchurch City Council), Kim Morland (Interact) and Jeanine Keller (Woodward Clyde).
School children can be great ambassadors for the environment. Armed with knowledge and skills they are able to guide their families towards good management of waterways that flow through their neighbourhoods. Christchurch City Council, NZ.
The EcoArtBox Project is an example of a collaborative community art installation about sustainability. Workshops are offered at events such as World Environment Day, the Earth Hour Picnic and the Real Food Festival. Client: Living Smart, Sunshine Coast Council, QLD, Australia.