New Zealand’s agricultural, horticultural and tourist industries rely heavily on the quality of our soils and native forests. New Zealanders also value the quality of these resources for recreational activities and a high standard of living. However increasing pressure is being put on these resources:
In 1996 the Government launched the Sustainable Land Management Strategy. The major emphasis of the SLMS is on providing information and support in a form that will encourage land users to change unsustainable land use practices.
In parallel with this, the Government is developing, improving and supporting existing systems such as environmental indicators for land, research, new policy tools, market incentives and regulations.
Last updated: 3 April 2009