The New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan expresses New Zealand’s commitment to stem the loss of biodiversity worldwide.

New Zealand's next Biodiversity Strategy

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New Zealand's current Biodiversity Strategy is nearly 20 years old and expires in 2020. DOC is leading a consultation to develop our next strategy and action plan.

From early October 2018 until February 2019, we asked for the public's help to design a proposal for New Zealand's next Biodiversity Strategy.

We used this feedback to inform discussion document and action plan Te koiroa o te Koiora. DOC ran a further public consultation on this document from early August until 22 September 2019.

We're currently reviewing all submissions while continuing to work with reference groups and Treaty Partners. A recommendation will then be made to Ministers and the new plan will be in place in 2020.

We are no longer taking feedback on the document, but if you have any queries about the strategy or review process, email

Biodiversity Strategy 2000 - 2020

The New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2000-2020 published in February 2000, is part of our international responsibility under the Convention of Biological Diversity.

Biodiversity Action Plan 2016 - 2020

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The New Zealand Biodiversity Action Plan, published in September 2016, is a targeted update of the original Strategy.

National targets and associated actions will allow us to show progress towards the five goals of the Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity by 2020.

Halting the decline of biodiversity poses a significant challenge and needs a sustained collaborative effort across New Zealand.

The Action Plan showcases some of the significant national actions being undertaken through the combined efforts of central and local government, whānau, hapū, iwi, resource managers, communities, private landowners and businesses.

Predator Free 2050 and the Cape to City project are some examples of this national effort.

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