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dc.contributor.authorLynch, Heidi
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-11T04:24:01Z
dc.date.available2010-06-11T04:24:01Z
dc.date.issued1997
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/2046
dc.description.abstractSince the Resource Management Act (RMA) was enacted in 1991, there has been public concern that it is not meeting its goal (the sustainable management of natural and physical resources, Section 5). One possible reason for this concern, is that evaluation of the Act may not be providing the information necessary to indicate success. Section 35(2) of the RMA requires councils to undertake four types of monitoring which help promote sustainable management of resources. This report looks in depth at Section 35(2) monitoring, and whether it can provide the data necessary to assess whether the purpose of the Act is being met (Section 5). In assessing Section 35(2), criteria based upon core attributes of monitoring are developed. It is found that Section 35(2) is capable of providing the relevant data (although more integration/coordination of monitoring strategies is required). Even though Section 35(2) appears to provide the appropriate foundations for evaluating Section 5, at the current time the data necessary is not being produced. This is because councils are failing to meet their legislative requirements under Section 35(2). The underlying reason behind this failure appears to be a lack of effective national guidance/education. To address this lack of guidance the following recommendations should be implemented. 1) Ministry for the Environment should set up regionally based monitoring workshops for councils which: a. work through examples of how to set up integrated monitoring strategies; b. addresses council concerns by working together; and c. promotes the importance of Section 35(2) monitoring and how it relates to the national framework of State of the Environment monitoring and reporting. 2) Another 'Good Practice Guide' on Section 35(2) should be created which includes criteria for effective monitoring developed at regional monitoring workshops. 3) At least three 'Model Councils' should be developed to demonstrate how effective monitoring of Section 35(2) occurs on the practical level. 4) 4) Ministry for the Environment should make use of its current surveys under Section 24 as a means to monitor the implementation of the 'model councils', 'good practise guide' and 'regional workshops'.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLincoln Universityen
dc.rights.urihttps://researcharchive.lincoln.ac.nz/page/rights
dc.subjectResource Management Act 1991en
dc.subjectenvironmental legislationen
dc.subjectenvironmental managementen
dc.subjectenvironmental monitoringen
dc.subjectenvironmental reportingen
dc.subjectnatural resourcesen
dc.subjectmonitoring strategiesen
dc.subjectenvironmental evaluationen
dc.titleEvaluating RMA performance : the role of Section 35(2) monitoringen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.grantorLincoln Universityen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
lu.thesis.supervisorHughey, Ken
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Environmental Managementen
dc.rights.accessRightsDigital thesis can be viewed by current staff and students of Lincoln University only. Print copy available for reading in Lincoln University Library. en
dc.subject.anzsrc050206 Environmental Monitoringen
dc.subject.anzsrc050205 Environmental Managementen
dc.subject.anzsrc050209 Natural Resource Managementen


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