This guidance note on indigenous biodiversity is primarily targeted at those involved in the preparation and implementation of Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) policy statements and plans. It provides an overview of relevant biodiversity matters including concepts, management, protection and restoration.
The guidance note contains a comprehensive analysis of a large number of methods that councils can use to address their responsibilities for indigenous biodiversity. These include: regulatory provisions; non-regulatory tools; economic instruments; the management of council lands; and the implementation of other council functions. While this note outlines the requirement to monitor the policy outcomes it does not describe how to undertake this monitoring.