The BCG process formally started this month and will run until September 2018. The project plan was signed off by the group and a deed was signed between the BCG Trustees and the Ministry for the Environment. The BCG began to delve into what makes Aotearoa’s biodiversity unique and its current state, pressures and trends, beginning with an outline from the Ministry for the Environment. It heard from The Forest Owners Association on overlap of biodiversity and plantation forestry. The BCG also looked at the role of local authorities, key elements of the policy making process, and lessons learnt from previous biodiversity national policy initiatives.
Pinus radiata and indigenous vegetation (credit: Phil Taylor)