Integrated Conservation Management; Spatial Planning for the Movement of Species in the Landscape

Wallace, Pip
December 2011
New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law;2011, Vol. 15, p185
Academic Journal
This article examines the ways in which environmental law in New Zealand incorporates ecological knowledge and recognises and provides for movement of animals in the landscape, in the context of biodiversity protection in the New Zealand environment. Integrated management of the environment requires an integrated policy approach, and one which recognises interconnections in the environment. Consideration of international and domestic law, with a focus on Regional Policy Statements made under the Resource Management Act 1991, confirms that opportunity exists to further develop an ecosystems approach that recognises ecological integrity in the landscape. The article identifies that although national policy options exist to develop a nationally consistent approach, policy as currently drafted is limited by subject matter and spatial application. As such, it fails to adequately capture and support the notion of ecological integrity in a holistic manner. Similar limitations are revealed in lower-order documents, the focus of which tends to be constrained to considerations of significant habitat and vegetation, although elements of a broader view may be discerned. A challenge for New Zealand policy-makers is to develop policy and associated responses well aligned with the ecological prerequisites of animals


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