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New Zealand’s experiences with adaptive management for seabed mining projects

Publication date:  January 2016
Publication reference number:  ME 1226

This paper is New Zealand's submission to the International Seabed Authority to support the development of a regulatory framework for the exploitation of seabed minerals.

The paper:

  • sets out the adaptive management provisions in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (EEZ Act) 
  • examines some of the policy thinking that led to adaptive management being included in the EEZ Act 
  • describes how an adaptive management approach was considered in recent marine consent decisions
  • discusses challenges with applying adaptive management to seabed mining activities.