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Developing a national policy for indigenous biodiversity

This page outlines the stakeholder-led collaborative process to develop a national policy statement for indigenous biodiversity and supporting measures.

About the development

A National Policy Statement  for indigenous biodiversity (NPS) is to be developed through a stakeholder-led collaborative process. The Biodiversity Collaborative Group will also make recommendations for supporting measures for terrestrial, freshwater and coastal biodiversity on public and private lands.

Once a draft NPS is developed (this is likely to be in late 2018), the Government will seek the public’s view on the draft.

Members of the Biodiversity Collaborative Group include representatives from Forest & Bird, Federated Farmers, Iwi Leaders, Forest Owners Association, Environmental Defence Society and a representative from the infrastructure/ extractive industry.

We will be active observers of the process along with the Ministry for Primary Industries, Te Puni Kōkiri, Department of Conservation, Land Information New Zealand, and representatives from regional and unitary councils.

The Biodiversity Collaborative Group has an independent facilitator and support personnel. See the Biodiversity Collaborative Group’s website for more information. 

Clear national guidelines on implementation of section 6(c) of the Resource Management Act is a Government priority. Section 6(c) concerns the protection of areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna . See A way forward for national direction - 2016.

Find out more

Read the Minister's media release announcing the Biodiversity Collaborative Process [Beehive website]

For more information on how regional, unitary and district councils are managing biodiversity through planning documents under the Resource Management Act 1991 see Biodiversity planning and management research

For earlier policy work for a NPS on biodiversity see:

Developing the 2011 Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity

Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity: Summary of submissions 

Reviewed:
14/09/18