This page provides information on the proposal.
About the proposed NES
The aim of the proposed National Environmental Standard (NES) is to reduce ‘unwarranted’ variation in the way the forestry sector is regulated under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Some local variation is necessary to adequately provide for certain local circumstances.
Nationally consistent rules to reduce compliance costs and set environmental standards for plantation forestry is a Government priority, see A way forward for national direction.
The Government first proposed a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry in 2010 as regulations under the RMA. The Ministry for the Environment consulted on a proposal in 2010 and a revised proposal in 2011. Feedback from submissions indicated that further development of the proposal was needed. The Ministry for Primary Industries has led that work since 2013 and recently sought views on the proposed NES.
To find out more see National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry [Ministry for Primary Industries website].
Find out more
Media release: Forestry standard part of Govt’s plan to simplify RMA [Beehive website]