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A former world president of the International Federation of Parks and Recreation is joining Greenfleet to help plant native forests in New Zealand.

The Director of Auckland Parks for nine years, Rob Small has deep experience leading local governments, most recently in Victoria. His distinguished career has taken him around the world, and he was a judge of the world’s most liveable cities for a decade.

Now, Rob is helping Greenfleet establish links across the Tasman to build essential green infrastructure.

I’m excited by this opportunity to work with Greenfleet, and to support businesses wanting to take action on climate change while also revegetating land, building carbon sinks and improving the productivity of farms,” Rob says.

Around the world, native urban forests are rapidly diminishing as we intensify the urban built form. Without replacing these forests, we end up with a carbon deficit. Our focus in New Zealand will be to revegetate significant coastal areas, as well as regional parks to reduce that carbon deficit,” Rob says.

We’re particularly keen to work with farmers, as planting trees delivers a real dividend in the agriculture sector – improving the microclimate for growing grass, providing additional shelter for animals and halting erosion,” Rob says.

Rob will be focused on establishing relationships with landholders, local governments and corporations.

Rob expects that Greenfleet’s profile in New Zealand – and the number of forests it plants – will grow quickly. Increasingly, New Zealanders are committed to taking action on climate change – and so are local governments.  Working together, we can reduce the impacts of climate change, improve biodiversity and create stronger, more sustainable communities,” Rob adds.

Greenfleet’s first New Zealand planting will commence on 14 August 2015 at Atiu Creek in Auckland, with more plantings scheduled for 2016.


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