Natural resource management
Throughout the world people are faced with an ever-widening range of serious environmental concerns such as resource allocation and depletion, pollution of air and water, and climate change. The use of natural systems as resources raises complex issues of sustainability, environmental and community integrity, security, efficiency and equity.
Many environmental conflicts stem from inadequate understanding about the way our human and natural worlds interrelate. This can lead to inappropriate and unsustainable use of the environment and its resources. This is a global challenge.
This research theme integrates researchers working on understanding the interrelationships between the ecological, social and economic aspects of the environment, and exploring and developing effective management and planning responses.
A report on measuring coastal natural character in Tasman district using the QINNCE is now available free online at http://www.tasman.govt.nz/policy/reports/measuring-coastal-natural-character-report/. Pacific Eco-Logic Ltd* (via Dr Victoria Froude) was contracted by Lincoln University to undertake this Ministry for Science and Innovation funded project. Dr Hamish Rennie from Lincoln University provided comments on the draft report and facilitated the research.
NZ Association for Resource Management Conference 15-17 November 2011 in New Plymouth NZ
NZAIA conference Natural Disasters: Impact assessment for Sustainable Recovery. 24-25 November 2011 at Lincoln University. Flyer, poster and indicative programme.
NZAIA and EIANZ sign historic MoU to facilitate the development of environmental impact assessment practice and research in New Zealand.
Planning Tools for Surf Breaks
Surfbreak Protection Society submissions on draft Canterbury Regional Policy Statement
Minister of Conservation releases final NZ Coastal Policy Statement 2010 (on 28 October).
UNEP is pleased to announce inauguration of the 'UNEP Policy Series on Ecosystem Management'. Further information can be found on their website - click here.
Board of Inquiry Report on Proposed NZCPS 2009 - leaked to the media 5 May 2010
BOI Recommended NZ Coastal Policy Statement - leaded to the media 5 May 2010
How do countries rank in their environmental performance? Interactive maps and charts of the Environmental Performance Index available here: http://epi.yale.edu/Home
Check NZ's progress in sustainable development: http://www.stats.govt.nz/reports/sustainable-development.aspx