At the first of its October meetings the BCG had another session with local authorities looking at the sector’s proposals for effective biodiversity management, focussing on the Regional Council thinkpiece: Addressing New Zealand’s Biodiversity Challenge. The meeting then focused on methods for incentivising biodiversity protection and restoration including the role of voluntary protection mechanisms like QEII covenants and Ngā Whenua Rāhui and different economic incentive tools. It began looking at where recommendations on each might sit in the Group’s work. The Group also heard from the Ministry for the Environment on recurrent themes emerging from environmental jurisprudence which could be addressed through national direction.
Lake Okareka (credit: Raewyn Peart)