Fox Glacier

Image: James Mortimer | ©


A framework has been developed to guide how DOC will manage the impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s land based native species and ecosystems.

Read the framework: Adapting to a changing climate: a proposed framework for the conservation of native biodiversity in New Zealand (PDF, 560K) by J E Christie.

Strategies for adapting to climate change

This framework focuses on land-based, or predominantly land-based, native species ecosystems and natural processes. It includes freshwater and coastal/estuarine ecosystems.

It's five strategies are to:

  • improve knowledge
  • develop adaptation methods and decision-support tools
  • incorporate climate change adaptation into existing management, research, planning and policy
  • improve current management to facilitate native resilience
  • raise awareness outside of the Department of Conservation.

Implementation of the plan

The framework will be implemented through existing Departmental research, monitoring and management programmes.

Some existing management systems may need to be updated and systems under development will need to include climate change.

Further research on the impacts of climate change

Research priorities, new tools, and planning and policy measures which protect our native species and ecosystems from the impacts of climate change adaptation by other land use sectors will also need to be identified and developed.

Waituna Lagoon. Photo: Environment Southland.
Waituna Lagoon - at risk of rising sea levels

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