Best practice

  • Include iwi, user groups and conservationists at the forefront of the process
  • Ensure all statutory agencies, which will need to implement the plan, are fully engaged from its inception
  • Be strategic and focus on what is important, taking a long-term perspective. Many problems have taken decades to develop and will take time to resolve.
  • Include an historical perspective to address the ‘sliding baseline’ problem where the extent of degradation is under-estimated due to it spanning more the one human lifetime
  • Plan for the future rather than the past and anticipate future pressures and uses
  • Focus on identifying opportunities which serve to both protect the environment and support economic, social and cultural wellbeing
  • Use science to inform but not drive the process
  • Integrate mātauranga Māori into the understanding of the issues and potential solutions
  • Start with an in-depth understanding of the ecological backbone of the marine area, and what areas, habitats and species are important to its ongoing productivity, diversity and health
  • Plan for other activities within the framework provided by the ecological backbone
  • Be creative and consider a range of tools to achieve desired outcomes, rather than relying solely on regulation

Last updated at 2:11PM on February 25, 2015