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Recent and upcoming government biodiversity initiatives

Information on recent and upcoming government biodiversity initiatives.

Development of a National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity 

MfE has developed a proposed National Policy statement for Indigenous Biodiversity which sets out a range of regulated measures that require councils to take a more proactive role in protecting biodiversity. 

A National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) would fill a significant gap in the way we manage our biodiversity. It would provide national direction and guidance to local councils on how to improve biodiversity management across the country. 

The proposed NPSIB applies across public and private land including terrestrial ecosystems and wetlands. It would especially impact the management of biodiversity on private land where many of our threatened species, habitats, and ecosystems are found. 

We recently sought feedback on the proposed NPSIB. Find out more and read the summary of submissions.

For background information see Developing a national policy statement for indigenous biodiversity.

Te Mana o te Taiao - Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020

Te Mana o te Taiao (launched in August 2020) sets out a strategic framework for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of biodiversity, particularly indigenous biodiversity, in Aotearoa New Zealand, from 2020 to 2050.

Find out more about Te Mana o te Taiao [Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai website]