Find out who gets involved and the formal statutory process for developing conservation management strategies.

Development of a conservation management strategy (CMS) is a consultative process involving: 

    Stunning scenery at Milford Track.
    Stunning scenery at Milford Track

  • General public
  • Tangata whenua
  • Agencies and organisations
  • Community groups
  • Department of Conservation
  • Conservation Boards
  • Minister of Conservation
  • New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) - who approve them. 

The formal statutory process

The process involved in developing a conservation management strategy is determined by Section 17F of the Conservation Act 1987, and involved the following steps:

  1. Director-General of the Department of Conservation, in consultation with the Conservation Board and others prepares the draft strategy for each conservancy (region)
  2. Publicly notify the draft strategy and make copies available
  3. Submissions made within a minimum of 40 days of being notified
  4. Representatives of the Director-General and the Conservation Board jointly hear submissions
  5. Director-General prepares a summmary of submissions and public opinion and revises draft
  6. Director-General refers revised draft to Conservation Board with summary of submissions within 8 months of public notification
  7. Conservation Board refers back to the Director-General on any matters if required (may need to go back to step 6)
  8. Conservation Board sends revised draft to New Zealand Conservation Authority to consider and approve
  9. New Zealand Conservation Authority may consult the Director-General, Conservation Board and others; makes changes and refers to Minister for comment
  10. Minister considers the strategy and provides comment
  11. New Zealand Conservation Authority approves the strategy or refers it back to the Minister (may go back to step 10)
  12. The conservation management strategy is approved.

Get involved

You and your community can contribute to the development of the draft conservation management strategy for your region.

See the Regional consultations section for a timetable for development of the strategies, and links to the consultation information for each region.

Related links

Conservation management strategy description and how to get involved (PDF, 489K)

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