CBB Seminar: Ecology in a planning world Event as iCalendar

(Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Biological Sciences)

26 June 2014

3:30 - 4:30pm

Venue: Building 733 Rm 231, Tāmaki Campus, University of Auckland

Location: 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

Host: Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

Contact info: Carola Warner

Contact email: c.warner@auckland.ac.nz

Website: Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

Shona Myers
Shona Myers, Department of Conservation

"Ecology in a planning world"

Shona Myers

Department of Conservation

NZs most threatened lowland and coastal ecosystems, and habitats for threatened species, lie outside of the protected area network. These areas are under pressure from land use changes, fragmentation, clearance and loss. These include freshwater lowland streams, wetlands, forest fragments, successional communities and urban biodiversity. Under the Resource Management Act, regional and district councils are responsible for establishing plans and regulation for protecting biodiversity on private land. Plans and rules provide a baseline, with support from non-regulatory incentives for protection and restoration being important.
Shona will share her experience with achieving ecological outcomes through resource management and planning processes in NZ, and recently at DOC. This will include approaches to protection, enhancement, and mitigation for the loss and adverse effects on lowland biodiversity, which have been tested in the Environment Court and at Board of Inquiry hearings. The challenge of achieving practical and real ecological outcomes will be explored.