EBM within NZ’s existing legislative framework

This project is investigating how EBM fits into New Zealand policy. It is putting together the many pieces of the complicated puzzle of New Zealand’s existing legislative and decision-making approaches.

Project leader: Dr Alison Greenaway, Landcare Research

How does EBM fit into New Zealand policy?

This work is developing a better understanding of the opportunities and constraints offered by current decision-making processes.

Our team of law, policy and governance experts is supporting those in government and non-government organisations to learn how EBM is currently enabled, and what possibilities and pathways there might be for EBM in the future.

There is a breadth of legislation for managing New Zealand’s marine estate, established through the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (EEZ).

Numerous organisations interact at local, regional, national and international scales. These organisations have varying mandates, from resource enhancement to environmental sustainability.

Latest news and updates

Consultation opens re 2019–2024 strategy

Improving marine management is critical to New Zealand's future health and wealth, but research in isolation is not enough. Excellent engagement with, and participation from, all users and sectors of society is essential.

We therefore invite comment on our draft strategy for Phase II (2019–2024). This strategy has been co-developed with Māori and stakeholders.

Sun, sea, sand – and marine science

During Seaweek, more than 4,600 school pupils joined 6 Sustainable Seas researchers for 3 days of marine science fieldwork in Tasman Bay, as part of the LEARNZ virtual field trip Sustainable seas – essential for New Zealand’s health and wealth.

Tipping Points on Radio NZ

Tune in to tonight’s episode of Our Changing World (after the 9pm news) for an excellent in-depth piece that gets into the detail of what the Tipping Points project is investigating, and why.