Development of a conservation management strategy (CMS) is a consultative process involving:
- 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:
- Director-General of the Department of Conservation, in consultation with the Conservation Board and others prepares the draft strategy for each conservancy (region)
- Publicly notify the draft strategy and make copies available
- Submissions made within a minimum of 40 days of being notified
- Representatives of the Director-General and the Conservation Board jointly hear submissions
- Director-General prepares a summmary of submissions and public opinion and revises draft
- Director-General refers revised draft to Conservation Board with summary of submissions within 8 months of public notification
- Conservation Board refers back to the Director-General on any matters if required (may need to go back to step 6)
- Conservation Board sends revised draft to New Zealand Conservation Authority to consider and approve
- New Zealand Conservation Authority may consult the Director-General, Conservation Board and others; makes changes and refers to Minister for comment
- Minister considers the strategy and provides comment
- New Zealand Conservation Authority approves the strategy or refers it back to the Minister (may go back to step 10)
- The conservation management strategy is approved.
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.
Conservation management strategy description and how to get involved (PDF, 489K)
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