The Environment Foundation launched a web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment at the weekend. Its initial release is in beta version for feedback from users.
Foundation chairwoman Raewyn Peart said: “The guide provides freely accessible, practical & user-friendly information on the wide range of laws & policies which apply to New Zealand’s environment. The website is intended to assist individuals, community groups & businesses to better participate in environmental decision-making processes.
“In this first phase of its development, the website has comprehensive material on the Resource Management Act & the Exclusive Economic Zone Act. More information on environmental issues, such as freshwater, biodiversity & marine management, and activities, such as farming, forestry & renewable energy, will be uploaded to the website over the next few months.”
The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 2009 to promote the preservation, conservation, protection & enhancement of the natural environment. Ms Peart said its primary focus was on providing high quality environmental information & training to enable people to participate more effectively in decisions affected the natural environment.
The foundation has a close association with the Environmental Defence Society and draws on its skills & experience – Ms Peart herself has been the society’s policy director for 14 years – but she said the foundation had a distinct governance structure & separate financial management.
Link: Environment Guide
Attribution: Foundation release.