Testing EBM-supportive participatory processes for application in multi-use marine environments

Debs Martin (Forest & Bird) and Andrew Karalus (Nelson Forests) at a workshop in Nelson in March 2017

This project is identifying the optimum ways to involve different interest groups in discussions and decision-making around the governance and management of marine environments.

Project leaders: Dr Paula Blackett, NIWA; Prof Richard Le Heron, University of Auckland

What's the best way to get everyone involved in decisions?

There is a move, both in New Zealand and internationally, towards collective or ‘participatory’ decision-making for managing natural resources and marine spaces. Stakeholders, scientists and social scientists are working together to develop better participatory processes (ways to include different interest groups in decision-making) to improve environmental governance and management.

However, we know little about the participatory processes for the marine environment that have happened in New Zealand. Our questions include: Who did they involve? What approaches did they take, and why? What was the process like? What was the experience of participants? What enduring outcomes were achieved?

We also know little about how customised Māori and stakeholder participatory processes could help develop and implement EBM.

This project is:

  • Reviewing national and international participatory processes to explore different ways of participating and their outcomes
  • Carrying out interviews and focus groups to discuss scenarios using different participatory processes
  • Working with Māori and stakeholders to develop key principles, procedures and practices for participatory processes
  • Trialling different participatory processes in Tasman and Golden Bays

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

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