There is inadequate legal protection and active management of the District’s significant areas of indigenous biodiversity, resulting in part from a lack of sufficient information on its location and quality.
There is tension between the public benefit provided by indigenous biodiversity and the private cost of its protection and active management. Insufficient information and resources limits the ability of private landowners to manage indigenous biodiversity.
Similarly there are significant areas of indigenous biodiversity on Maori land, which has resulted in restrictions in how Maori can enjoy their relationship with their ancestral lands.
Key issues are addressed by:
- Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) will be mapped and protected.
- Greater protection for threatened or endangered flora and fauna.