New conservation management strategies (CMSs) for the Department of Conservation’s Northland and Waikato regions come into effect today.
DOC’s Hamilton-based Northern North Island partnerships director Nicki Douglas says the new strategies reflect a huge amount of work by the Northland and Waikato conservation boards before last month receiving official approval from the New Zealand Conservation Authority.
“The boards have consulted with iwi and local communities, received public submissions and held meetings and hearings to gather matters of importance to the people. We are especially grateful for the way local communities have engaged with DOC and the boards throughout the process to identify the values and processes that will guide our future work.”
Nicki Douglas says the strategies will guide DOC’s work on many levels and simplify decision-making on concession applications and operational work priorities.
“For example, community groups seeking funding will be able to use the provisions of the strategies to support and reinforce the work they are intending to do, especially in collaboration with iwi, other agencies and organisations.
“The strategies will also be useful for local authorities who wish to work with the Department in areas of overlapping interests and issues. Similarly, they will be useful for Iwi in working with DOC as their treaty partner on issues or places of common interest.”
The Northland and Waikato CMSs are now available to view and download:
What is a conservation management strategy?
Each strategy is prepared by DOC in consultation with the local conservation board, iwi and communities, and submitted to the New Zealand Conservation Authority for approval. The strategy also receives sign-off from the Minister of Conservation.
It is a strategic 10-year document that puts general policies into practice for the places and resources DOC manages, to guide decision-making and reporting.
Each regional conservation management strategy:
- identifies how to integrate management of places to achieve national conservation outcomes
- aligns with DOC's strategic direction to clarify priorities for management of conservation resources
- guides decision making (eg on applications to undertake commercial activities and for our own management purposes)
- guides where recreational activity can occur
- describes conservation outcomes to be achieved through milestones and actions that require action
- provides the basis for reporting to conservation boards.