Author:Hauraki Gulf Forum
Source:Hauraki Gulf Forum
Summary of the 2017 state of the environment report for the Hauraki Gulf.
What happens in one place or realm affects others. An action may have distant or unforeseen effects. There is great potential for both damage and restoration.
The Hauraki Gulf Forum’s triennial state of the environment report is required by the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act to report on the state of the environment, progress towards integrated management and responses to prioritised strategic issues.
Following earlier assessments the Forum adopted a high level framework for action and urged agencies to work collectively and make urgent progress in the following areas:
R A regenerating network of marine protected areas and island sanctuaries
E Enhancement of fisheries with improved environmental outcomes
M Mana whenua relationships reflected in resource management practice
A Active land management to minimise inputs of sediments, nutrients and contaminants
K Knowledge utilisation within an ecosystem-based management framework
The most significant investment in integrated management planning over the past three years has been the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari process. This is the first marine spatial plan to be developed in New Zealand and one of the first anywhere in the world driven by ecosystem and mauri-based management approaches. It was initiated as a response to the 2011 assessment and was in an early phase in 2014.
What has this agency-mana whenua partnership and collaborative stakeholder model produced in new commitments and momentum? How do the plan’s recommendations differ from agency policy, plans and managements actions generated over the same period?
The 2017 State of our Gulf report is a snapshot of progress made and the challenge ahead.
See also www.haurakigulfforum.org.nz