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National freshwater policies and regulations - review

Publication date:  December 2020

The Beca National Freshwater Policies and Regulations - Review report provides a high level, theme based summary of the reviews undertaken of each regional council or unitary authority’s regional planning instruments. Beca carried out a desktop assessment of regional planning instruments to assess their implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 (NPS-FM (as amended 2017)) and consistency with new requirements contained in the consultation version of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020) and proposed National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F).

The report is based on a desktop assessment carried out in mid-2020, prior to the finalisation of the NPS-FM 2020 and NES-F, and is intended to be a resource for local authorities.  

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This review provides a more detailed assessment for each regional council or unitary authority.

Regional Councils and unitary authorities were provided with a copy of the report for feedback and their responses are contained in this report. This document should be read alongside the review for completeness.