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Introduction

The implementation plan for Te Mana o te Taiao will be used over the next 30 years.

Biodiversity in Aotearoa New Zealand and across the rest of the world is declining due to a range of threats.

Te Mana o te Taiao seeks to address the decline and provides direction for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of biodiversity over the next 30 years.

The implementation plan will be used over the next 30 years to set out a pathway for achieving the strategy.

Download the implementation plan

Te Mana o Te Taiao – Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy Implementation Plan, April 2022 (PDF, 3,741K)

ISBN 978-0-473-61623-6 (print)

About the plan

The Minister of Conservation, Hon Kiritapu Allan, launched the implementation plan for Te Mana o te Taiao on 20 April 2022.

The implementation plan sets out a pathway for achieving the outcomes of Te Mana o te Taiao over the next 30 years, with an immediate focus on establishing systems that will stimulate and sustain nationwide action.

Te Mana o te Taiao contains 54 goals grouped under three pou (pillars) or priority areas: Tūāpapa – getting the system right, Whakahau – empowering action, Tiaki me te Whakahaumanu – protecting and restoring.

The implementation plan identifies central and local government actions to achieve a number of these goals by 2025 and specifies who is leading those actions.

There is a strong emphasis on central and local government as it’s government’s responsibility to establish and steward the systems and processes for biodiversity protection and restoration work.

There will be 5-yearly reviews of the implementation plan to evaluate progress towards goals and outcomes, re-assess priorities and develop new actions.

DOC is leading the first stages of implementation. The initial focus is on establishing well-functioning systems and processes.

The plan is a ‘living’ document so that others making contributions towards addressing the biodiversity crisis can include their actions alongside those from central and local government.

A collaborative process with iwi, hapū, whānau and other stakeholders in the biodiversity sector is crucial to successful delivery. The ‘living’ nature of this approach also allows the plan to reflect new knowledge, context, events and threats.

Implementation plan progress

In August 2023, DOC coordinated a review of progress in delivering the actions outlined in the ANZBS implementation plan. Nine central government agencies, Ngā Whenua Rāhui and Te Uru Kahika Regional and Unitary Councils Aotearoa contributed to the review.

  • For 6 of the 13 objectives, 60% or more of the contributing actions are complete, ongoing in a good state or on track for completion.
  • For 4 of the objectives, the report notes that more than 10% of contributing actions were cancelled, on hold or unlikely to complete.

View the ANZBS implementation progress report (PDF, 387K)

There are many actions underway to address our biodiversity crisis that are not captured by this report. These actions are delivered by Treaty partners, whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori organisations, community, industry and Government. They are vital for achieving the ambitious vision of Te Mana o Te Taiao – Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020. 

Next steps

Development of Te Mana o te Taiao and the implementation plan are requirements for New Zealand to meet its obligations under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). We report back to the CBD on our progress towards achieving the strategy’s objectives.

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