A Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) is a 10 year strategic document that describes how the places, native plants and animals entrusted to the department's care will be managed.
Submissions on the draft Canterbury, Otago and Southland Murihiku have now closed. A total of 1080 submissions were received. 344 for Canterbury, 336 for Otago and 400 for Southland CMS. Hearings will be held mid October to mid November for submitters who indicated they wish to be heard. Submitters will be contacted regarding the times and locations of the hearings.
Submissions on the draft Northland, Auckland and Waikato strategies have been summarised and the strategy documents have been revised in light of these submissions. The submission summaries and revised strategy document have been sent to the respective Conservation Boards for their consideration.
The Conservation Boards have up to six months to check the documents and then they will be forwarded to the NZ Conservation Authority and the Minister of Conservation for their consideration and approval.
Find out who gets involved and the formal statutory process for developing conservation management strategies.
Find the conservation management strategy consultation information for each region, including the consultation timetable.
Find how what is involved in making a submission on a draft conservation management strategy. Download the factsheet the submission form.
In this video Department of Conservation Programme Manager Kerry Swadling explains how DOC has produced maps with indicative national conservation priorities and now needs input from communities on what is important to you.
Current conservation management strategies