Enhancing potential for integrated catchment management in New Zealand: a multi-scalar, strategic perspective

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An integrated, collaborative approach to natural resource management at the catchment scale is a strong theme in recent environmental management and planning literature. In New Zealand, integrated water resource management is undertaken by regional councils within the framework of a devolved legislative mandate, the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). For some time, these councils have experienced difficulties discharging this role effectively, in particular with respect to the catchment scale. We argue for a multi-scalar, national policy framework, encapsulating bottom-up and top-down water governance strategies, in order to enhance the potential of integrated catchment management.


Natural resources – Law and legislation; Natural resources -- Management; New Zealand; Watershed management; Watersheds; Water resources development; Water resources – Management


Environmental Law | Environmental Policy | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Water Law | Water Resource Management

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Memon, A., Painter, B. & Weber, E. (2010). Enhancing potential for Integrated Catchment Management in New Zealand: a multi-scalar strategic perspective. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 17(1), 35-44. DOI:10.1080/14486563.2010.9725247

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